For many following Atlantic City news, and certainly for those living in Atlantic City, the four casino closings are a bit of a nightmare. But it turns out that’s not the case for the host of Kitchen Nightmares.
Some deliciously good news out of New Jersey this week as Gordon Ramsey, the legendary chef and host of a number of TV shows including Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen, has confirmed that he’s opening up a restaurant on the Boardwalk at Caesars.
In Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay heads to struggling restaurants and attempts to revamp them in a last-ditch effort to save them. With Atlantic City struggling to attract gamblers, Ramsay is definitely in his comfort zone.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will offer diners a sophisticated restaurant environment with some “Garden State flair”, whatever that means (saltwater taffy on the table…a Boardwalk Empire mural in the bathroom… who knows?). The restaurant will take over the space that’s currently occupied by Mia restaurant, which is slated to close.
Ramsay owns an impressive nine restaurants in New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The very first Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill is located at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The Sin City location is designed in the spirit of an authentic English pub and features 36 beers on tap, plus 63 varieties of bottle beer. You can also order authentic British fare such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and English ale onion soup. High-end items also dot the menu, such us filet mignon and Colorado lamb rack.
While the Atlantic City menu hasn’t been ironed out yet, diners can expect some excellent fare given Gordon Ramsay’s demand for exceptional quality.
Ramsay is not the only celebrity chef to open a restaurant in Atlantic City. Guy Fieri Chophouse is quite popular inside of Bally’s. And Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck Grille are two of the most popular restaurants at Borgata, if not in all of Atlantic City.
With celebrity chefs choosing Atlantic City for new restaurants, the Las Vegas of the east could experience a bit of a revival. While the city is suffering after the loss of four casinos, business does seem to be picking up at the remaining eight casinos. The fact that Gordon Ramsay is choosing to put a casino at Caesars is a sign that his restaurant empire has faith in what Atlantic City could once again become.
Now if only we can find enough restaurants to fill all that empty space in the now-defunct Revel Casino.