The transformation of the former Trump Marina is already underway as its new owners promise great things for the city’s Marina district.
There’s a new player in Atlantic City as the Golden Nugget officially took over operations of the former Trump Marina Tuesday, promising a $100 to $150 million renovation of the aging, and frankly, somewhat boring casino.
The Casino Control Commission approved the takeover and sale of the casino Monday in a unanimous vote, marking a return of the Nugget brand to the city after a 24-year absence.
During the hearing, Tilman Fertitta, head of the privately held, Houston-based Landry’s Inc, which bought the casino for $38 million, promised big things and a totally new look for the casino.
“We’re building a facility here that will compete against anybody else in town,” he told the commission, adding that the revamped casino will “no longer look like a hospital,” playing off a common joke about the Marina property.
“It’s exciting to be in the nation’s second-largest gaming market, and we’re excited to get started on the renovation to let everyone see the changes we have coming,” Fertitta told The Associated Press. “Everything’s going to be different. We’re touching every square foot. We’re going to have lots of new restaurants and bars.”
Part of those changes are already underway.
Gone is the massive Trump sign on the front of the property, which will be replaced by a Golden Nugget banner. And with the coming of Memorial Day weekend, the casino will open its first new restaurants and clubs.
The casino will remain open throughout the renovation, as Golden Nugget casino officials said they would never close down during the resort’s busy summer season. The company also renovated the Las Vegas Golden Nugget in 2005 without closing down the property.
“When we did this in Vegas, we found that the guests really didn’t mind it,” says Amy Chasey, vice president of marketing for the casino. “They found it to be exciting, even as we worked on the casino floor. It’s exciting as the new areas open.
“We kind of look at it a jigsaw puzzle,” she says. “Every time we close something for the renovation, something else will open. So we’ve done this before and we think we can do it even better this time through.”
Scheduled to open this weekend in the former Harborview restaurant is The Chart House Restaurant, an acclaimed national chain known for having waterfront views and backdrops. The restaurant, the 30th in the Chart House brand, has a view of the adjacent Farley Marina and has been completely renovated. Executive Chef Carl Colucci remains at the helm and has created an extensive seafood menu.
It may be winter, but Golden Nugget has put together an impressive entertainment slate, including a live-band bonanza on Feb. 17.
Golden Nugget encouraged its guests, through a variety of construction-related promotions, to be part of the sweeping makeover that actually began a few weeks before the casino’s parent company, hospitality industry giant Landry’s Inc., purchased the former Trump Marina for $38 million.
'It’s one of several themed events we have planned throughout the hotel and throughout the year, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Seven Stone just did such a phenomenal job when they were here last [on Jan. 21 for the LIVE Bar re-branding party] that we had to bring them back.”'
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