Garces has a date for his restaurant return to Atlantic City at Tropicana

Jose Garces at Distrito in University City in 2015.

March 4 will mark the return of Jose Garces to Atlantic City - 2½ years after the shutdown of Revel Casino idled him, other restaurateurs, and 3,000 workers. 

Garces has three restaurants opening at the Tropicana, coinciding with Atlantic City Restaurant Week, as the Trop disclosed today. 

Olón, the main room, is a seafooder inspired by the beach town of Olón, Ecuador. (Garces' parents were born in Ecuador.) At the entrance, there will be a 43-seat ceviche bar and lounge. The 128-seat dining room will offer ocean and boardwalk views, much as Amada did at the Revel. There will be a deck in-season. Menu will include steamed clams, crab cakes, fried shrimp, and surf & turf on the traditional side, as well as wood-fired Wagyu skirt steak, roasted chicken, jumbo gulf prawns, black bass, two-pound lobster, and king crab. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner.

Okatshe (oh-kaht-she) is a twist on a Japanese izakaya (or bar). The 80-seater, tucked behind a small, open-for-business Japanese sweet shop (okashi), will serve small plates, yakitori, three kinds of ramen, sushi, and sashimi. Bar will include Japanese whiskeys, 50 sakes, beers, and specialty cocktails. It will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Bar Olón is a 60-seat double-sided bar and lounge between the two restaurants, with 16 draft beer selections; 35 beers by the bottle; 20 wines by the glass; 75-plus wines by the bottle, and eight specialty cocktails, as wll as a light food menu. Trop says the walk-around bar will have a "modernized beach vibe" and will have a stage for live entertainment. 

Garces has the services of Maria Schmidt, a nine-year Garces vet from Amada, Distrito, Tinto, and 24, as chef de cuisine. Patrick Sterr, also a longtime Garces manager, is overseeing as executive director of fine dining.

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