Remember last summer when some of the AC chatter centered around Bobby Flay Steak closing at Hotel Borgata Casino & Spa? Well, it turns out the celebrity chef wasn’t leaving the Atlantic City casino scene for good.

Just head to Harrah’s Resort where the most recent Bobby’s burgers location is open. The official inauguration ceremony took place on Friday afternoon and Flay was there. The fast-casual spot is located in the former Buffet at the water’s edge space. More food and beverage outlets will be available soon (see below).

PlayNJ was there for Friday’s opening to talk with Flay about his new AC venture. When it comes to converting an old buffet space into a counter-service setup, Flay said his team relies on the concept and formula that is part of the Bobby’s Burgers signature.

Of Harrah’s AC location, Flay said “we’re really proud of this one”.

“It’s kind of my throwback to Atlantic City…I’ve had a great relationship with Caesars Entertainment for so long that when they asked me to put a spot here, I was thrilled to do so.”

This relationship includes three Las Vegas Strip Locations.

The AC point has a counter for ordering (you will be asked for your burger temperature preference) and another for picking up food. The menu also includes fries, onion rings and shakes. And if you’re one of those who likes a burger as the first meal of the day, there’s a brunch burger (eggs, bacon and American cheese).

Schedules are :

  • Sun: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Mon.-Fri.: 9am-10pm
  • Sat: 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

So if you’re wondering what to order, Flay’s go-to item is the bacon crunchburger (bacon, American cheese, potato chips, and Bobby sauce). However, he says the nacho burger (queso, tomato salsa, and pickled jalapenos) is the “most underrated.”

“It has tons of flavors, tons of textures, but it’s not the most popular burger,” Flay said. “We only have a handful of burgers, so this is probably number four on the list. I find the nacho burger incredibly satisfying.

Harrah’s Resorts prepares more dining plans

Of course it’s no secret Entertainment Caesars has building walls at its three Atlantic City properties. This includes in the Marina district where there will soon be other fast and casual options. Before entering Bobby’s Burgers, you may notice that there is a sign for what’s next.

What we know is type of chicken from the famous chef Guy Feri will debut in the northeast on Tuesday August 30. It occupies the space currently occupied by Guy’s Simmich Joint.

CANJ’s new president is an Atlantic City casino veteran

So with Joe Lupothe president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casinoleaving for Las Vegas, that means the New Jersey Casino Association (CANJ) must also find a new president.

That was until last week when the trade organization announced Giannantonio takes over from Lupo. Giannantonio, President and CEO of Casino Resorts, is no stranger to the AC casino scene. In addition to being from Atlantic City, he has 35 years of industry experience. Prior to leading the Resorts team (since 2012), Giannantonio was previously Tropicana Atlantic City President and CEO.

Regarding his new role with CANJ, Giannantonio says he is “honoured to succeed Joe Lupo as the next president of the Casino Association of New Jersey.”

“Joe has been a tremendous leader of this organization and a tireless defender for Atlantic City,” Giannantonio said. “I have deep roots in this community and I’m ready to work with the city and state to continue to move Atlantic City forward and elevate its status as a premier entertainment center and tourist destination.”

Ironically, days before this news broke, the latest episode of “Atlantic City Boardwalk Talk” included an interview with Giannantonio.

Joe Thiesman arrives at AC Resorts

With the 2023 NFL regular season just weeks away, DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts AC is Hosting a Free Public Meet and Greet with Alumni Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann. The event takes place on Saturday, August 27 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Theismann, who spent 12 years playing in the NFL, holds Washington team records for passing yards (25,206), completions (2,044) and attempts (3,602). The former Pro Bowl passer played in Super Bowl XVIIand helped the Redskins defeat the Miami Dolphins.

Atlantic City Airshow Countdown

Now that we’ve hit mid-August, Atlantic City’s biggest summer event is right around the corner. Yes the Phishing and Tsunami the concerts on the beach were very important. However, these crowds will not come close to the number of people heading to AC on Wednesday, August 24.

This is of course when the 2022 Meet the Atlantic City Airshow will take place (tentative start time at 11 a.m.). Some 500,000 people are expected. We’re talking about a one-day crowd.

For more on this year’s event, including where to park and watch, click here.

AC Hotel Casinos Take National Survey

So, have you ever wondered how Atlantic City casino hotels rank against other gambling halls across the country.

Well, AC properties are getting national attention in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Nominees in the Best Hotel-Casino category include:

  • Borgata
  • Hard Rock
  • Ocean Casino Resort

And in the Best Casino Outside Las Vegas category, Harrah’s AC joins Borgata and Ocean as nominees. Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia also made the list.

Of course, it’s hard to ignore the list of top casino restaurants where America’s Playground is well represented:

  • amada
  • American Cup
  • Caprice
  • Dolce Mare
  • Il Mulino
  • Izakaya
  • Kurō

Do you have a favourite? Voting ends Monday, August 29 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on Friday, September 9.