During an event to unveil the new '20s uniforms and theme at Resorts Atlantic City Friday afternoon on the Boardwalk, other news items were revealed.
ATLANTIC CITY — The transformation of Resorts to a '20s theme, sparked by international interest in the Atlantic City depicted in HBO's hit series Boardwalk Empire, continues to evolve.
And the results have been very impressive.
First the first gay club within an Atlantic City casino opened — Prohibition — which is doing very well and packing in both straights and gays to the high energy dance club.
Then Boogie Nights developer Dave Pena, a former writer for Atlantic City Weekly, and owner of Planet Rose at the Tropicana Quarter, opened Torch — Atlantic City's first whiskey bar, serving high-end whiskey in a gorgeous space with dark wood, comfy seating and a trend-setting bar.
One of the special things about Torch is that it also has a piano and will feature live music Friday and Saturday nights — and on Thursdays later this summer. Not the standard casino lounge acts either; we're talking singer-songwriters from all around the country.
It's one of a few places in the entire region where professional singer-songwriters will be encouraged to play their own songs; hats off to Resorts!
On a gorgeous Friday afternoon on the Boardwalk, Resorts owner Dennis Gomes, his family, including son Aaron,were present, along with the rest of the Resorts marketing staff and other executives for the unveiling of the new 20s-era uniforms that the Resorts employees — from dealers to bell hops — will be wearing ("with a smile") starting this holiday Memorial Day weekend.
By the Fourth of July weekend later this summer, not only will you be able to boogie the night away at Boogie Nights, head up to Prohibition (on the historic building's 13th floor) and chill at Torch, but you'll also have other options at Resorts.
A couple of those options will include a new comedy club, Club Piscopo, which comedian and actor Joe Piscopo announced during the Friday afternoon press conference, appearing on stage with the mayor of Atlantic City Lorenzo Langford, and the Gomes crew, including Resorts' marketing guru Sherry Amos.
The club will be inside the old Starlight Theater and will have young comics, as well as live music, including jazz, according to Piscopo.
Both of Resorts hotel towers are booked 100 percent this holiday weekend. And new king-size rooms and junior suites — both with relaxing, yet elegant residential feels and Roaring '20s vibes — are also going to be unveiled by mid-summer.
All of this, plus not one, but three circuses (including an adult-only "Naked Circus") planned for this summer outside, across the street from Resorts, will surely help the rooms at Resorts stay occupied throughout the busy season.
“I’m reaching back before casinos and really even before I was born. Before gambling when every big star would make Atlantic City a stop. From Jerry Lewis to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra when he played the 500 Club. I’m reaching back to the Latin Casino — which was actually in Cherry Hill — but that style. We’re not a supper club per se, but that style of entertainment.”
“I was captivated by their passion and talent,” Dennis Gomes tells AC Weekly. “Some people have that it quality that puts them in a special category and Will is definitely one of those people. It is an honor to have him playing in my casino.”
“I only wore this suit for you guys,” says Gomes, tugging at his collar. “When I’m working, you’ll never catch me in a suit.”
“I believe in [Resorts]. It heralded the beginning of casino gaming in the East and has always had a special place in my heart. It is an exciting place with a lot of history and we are going to bring it back to life with even more energy and vitality than it possessed at its creation in 1978."
Resorts Casino Hotel debuted its latest addition to the Atlantic City nightlife and entertainment landscape with Torch, a whiskey lounge and cabaret — and the first of it’s kind in Atlantic City. Torch is on the dining level of Resorts.
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