Atlantic City visitors sure love a good burger, and they will have another great option this spring when Ark Restaurants opens Broadway Burger Bar and Grill inside The Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.
Construction will start soon on the 225-seat space formerly occupied by the fabulous Red Square. Broadway Burger will be a totally different experience than the former luxurious Russian-themed restaurant as it will offer visitors an approachable, casual option that will focus on great burgers but serve much more.
It will be the third restaurant in the city for Ark, which also owns Gallagher’s Steakhouse and Gallagher’s Burger Bar inside Resorts Casino Hotel. It will be the second Broadway Burger; the original is located in Las Vegas’ New York — New York Hotel & Casino.
“It all started after a meeting with (Tropicana CEO) Tony Rodio last March,” says Donna McCarthy, director of operations for Ark Restaurants, Atlantic City. “We were just chatting about business and talking about how well Gallagher’s Burger Bar was doing and he said, ‘I would love to have a burger bar venue for The Quarter. And it just took off from there.”
“Who doesn’t like a good burger? “ Rodio says in a statement. “Opening Broadway Burger was a no-brainer for us. Up until now, the Quarter has been missing a casual, straight-forward option like this. It will be a draw for anyone and everyone, including families.”
Tropicana’s Broadway Burger will have a very similar menu to its Vegas counterpart, but will have more offerings.
“It will definitely be more extensive,” McCarthy says. “We are adding more appetizers and just some funky stuff like homemade, warm pretzels at the bar and mac and cheese and mashed potatoes with different toppings. It will be a fun place.”
The centerpiece of the menu, however, is the distinctive burgers, which include meat ground fresh daily and then cooked over an open flame. Diners can then choose from an array of 15 toppings. One of the signature burgers is the 24-ounce Hubcap Burger on a brioche roll.
There will also be healthier options such as organic, grass-fed beef, salads, jumbo shrimp and crab cocktail, chicken sandwiches, turkey burgers and vegetarian options such as the barley and lentil burger and the sesame tuna burger. And dessert options will include warm chocolate chip cookies, bread pudding, milkshakes and smoothies.
“It’s about comfort food at great prices,” McCarthy says. “The burgers are about $10. And the menu has a lot of options in case you aren’t in the mood for a burger. I think it’s perfect for that location.”
The bar will feature live acoustic entertainment Thursdays through Saturdays, but the main draw may be an amazing selection of craft beers. McCarthy says there will be 60 crafts offered, including 20 on tap.
“The idea is that we can be a place for everyone,” McCarthy says. “So if you want to come in and just sit at the bar and have guacamole and a beer, you can do that. And we won’t just have beer. We will have an extensive bourbon list that is a step above what you are used to seeing.”
The decor will look similar to Broadway Burger in Vegas and feature hardwood floors, wood ceilings, a spacious bar area, tables and banquette seating, mosaic glass, three large flat-screen TVs in the bar area and a private dining room.
Broadway Burger is expected to debut in April and will be open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, and into “early morning hours” Thursdays through Saturdays.”
“I think the location of this burger bar is important because it can be all things to all people,” McCarthy says. “There’s a movie theater upstairs. So what’s better than a burger and a movie? There are bars everywhere, so what’s better than a late-night cocktail and a burger? Plus it will be a perfect draw for convention business with the private room. We have high expectations.”