Several of the area's top restaurants, including many casino venues, will be offering the $19.20 deal and more fun stuff in the days and weeks leading up to the debut of the HBO series.
Dozens of Atlantic City area restaurants are going back to the Roaring '20s, offering vintage fun and deals, including a $19.20 menu special, in connection to the weeks and days leading up to the debut of Boardwalk Empire.
As Atlantic City Weekly's blog "Atlantic City Central" first reported in June, the upcoming HBO series based on Atlantic City during the Prohibition era, Boardwalk Empire, has prompted dozens of local restaurants in the Atlantic City area to offer limited-time specials in relation to the much-anticipated HBO series, which debuts Sunday, Sept. 19, at 9pm.
According to the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority (ACCVA), restaurants from all four of Harrah's Entertainment's properties in town will be participating in the menu deals, as will legendary Atlantic City venues such as the Knife & Fork and Formica Brothers Bakery.
Other Atlantic City venues will be taking advantage of the series' 1920s era period, too.
For example, Tony Boloney's, will be doing "an entire 1920s theme" during the four days leading up to and including the debut of Boardwalk Empire on Sept. 19. According to the ACCVA, the staff there will be wearing handlebar mustaches, suspenders, and the menu will reflect that same 1920s theme. The pizzeria's menu already includes several vintage Atlantic City style pies.
Across town, the Tun Tavern will have its brewmaster giving beer-making demonstrations and talking about how far the brewing process has come since the era of Prohibition. Tim, the Tun Tavern's brewmaster, is expected to do these talks "around lunch time on Sept. 16 and 17," according to the ACCVA.
Over at the Chelsea, the already retro-themed hotel will be holding a special dinner in honor of Boardwalk Empire. To be held on Sept. 16 at the hotel's signature restaurant Chelsea Prime, the dinner will be for the Atlantic County Chapter of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs — an international gastronomic society. The event will be open to the public and will have a Roaring '20s theme, complete with costumed employees.
Chelsea Prime is one of the city's ideal spots for such an event as its setting is evocative of an early 20th century supper club. Click here for more information regarding this specific event.
During the three weeks leading up to the HBO series debut, Atlantic City's famed Formica Brothers Bakery will "be rolling out an old recipe for bread that has not been baked since the 1920s," according to the ACCVA.
But the retro, Prohibition-era atmosphere, menus and — in some cases — prices, will not be confined to the Atlantic City limits as restaurants from around Atlantic County will be taking part in the fun.
For example, the East Bay Crab & Grille in Egg Harbor Township will have its staff dressed up as 1920s gangsters during the four days leading up to the series debut — including the debut day of Sept. 19.
County venues such as the Ram's Head Inn, the Inn at Sugar Hill, Johnny's Cafe, Steve & Cookies, Pistol Pete's and the Laguna Grill are among those participating in a $19.20 promotion, details of which can be found on the ACCVA's Web site.
The venues confirmed so far to take part in this $19.20 menu promotion — in and outside of Atlantic City — include:
Game On (The Pier Shops at Caesars)
Knife & Fork
Il Mulino NY (Trump Taj Mahal)
Trattoria Il Mulino (Trump Taj Mahal)
Los Amigos Restaurant
Tun Tavern Restaurant
Back Bay Ale House
The Trinity Irish Pub and Carvery (The Pier Shops at Caesars)
East Bay Crab & Grille
The Inn At Sugar Hill
Gallagher's Steak House (Resorts)
Ram's Head Inn
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Girasole Ristorante & Lounge
Pistol Pete's Steakhouse & Saloon
Steve & Cookies by the Bay
Laguna Grill and Martini Bar
Alto Vino (Tropicana)
Rumba Lounge (Tropicana)
The Bar at Fin (Tropicana)
Melting Pot (AC Outlets: The Walk)
Atlantic City Palm Restaurant (The Quarter at Tropicana)
Evo (Trump Plaza)
Tony's Baltimore Grill
Reflections Cafe (Harrah's Resort)
Polistina's (Harrah's Resort)
The Deli (Harrah's Resort)
The Reserve (Bally's)
6ix: A Bistro (Bally's)
Virginia City Buffet (Bally's)
Nero's Grill (Caesars)
Cafe Roma (Caesars)
The Foundation Room (Showboat)
Rip & Chop House (Showboat)
Casa Di Napoli (Showboat)
As the Atlantic City region’s first, and still only, full-scale brewpub and restaurant, the Tun Tavern has always managed to nicely incorporate those house-made beverages into its bill of fare. Brewmaster Tim Kelly elaborates on this process, saying “I’m generally here as a resource for chefs. I’m an ingredient.”
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