First, the Tropicana Casino and Resort announced Broadway Burger Bar & Grill will open in The Quarter this spring. A week later it announced Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House & Sports Bar will open this summer in The Marketplace. Now, you can add four more eateries to that list, courtesy of George Siganos.
Siganos, known for his Tazza café brands in Harrah’s Resort and Caesars Atlantic City as well as other eateries and businesses along the East Coast, will open four concepts in The Marketplace this spring, including a Tony Luke’s location and a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar.
“George has a great reputation and is so professional,” says Tropicana General Manager Steve Callender. “It’s easy to deal with someone who understands the importance of getting the experience right. I think everything he is bringing is exactly what we needed.”
The restaurateur and entrepreneur will open the second Tony Luke’s in the city, following the location in Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa’s Cafeteria. The Philadelphia-based institution known as much for its cheesesteaks and chicken cutlets as it is for the affable, personable Tony Luke Jr., will bring a taste of South Philly to The Marketplace with its awesome sandwiches baked on fresh-made bread.
Casa Taco & Tequila Bar will be the second Mexican restaurant inside an Atlantic City casino, following Dos Caminos at Harrah’s Resort. The concept will feature more than 50 different tequilas, a private party room, indoor and outdoor seating and a full Mexican menu ranging from tacos to fajitas and more.
“It’s a full, sit-down Mexican restaurant,” Callender says. “But if you don’t want to have dinner, you can sit down at the bar and have some tequila and tacos or sliders. We really wanted a Mexican restaurant here and George knew we were interested in one. So when he suggested that he could do it, we knew it would work out because he can do just about anything.”
The other two Siganos concepts include Perry’s Pizza, an authentic pizzeria; and The Marketplace Express, which will be similar to Tazza and offer grab-and-go coffee, drinks, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, wraps, salads, sandwiches, Italian specialties and more.
“Visually, George understands that we are an impulse business and when people walk by and see the attractive sandwiches and pastries and everything else in his display cases, that they want to buy something,” Callender says. “I think it’s going to be great because it will be open 24 hours and people looking for a quick bite will always have an option there. We have a lot of young people play here after they party at Providence or RiRa or wherever, and they want to get a bite after they play for a while. Now, they have another place to go besides the coffee shop.”
“We wanted to offer Tropicana guests and Boardwalk visitors authentic dining experiences in unique settings,” adds George Siganos, president of Siganos Group. “Whether looking to enjoy a taco and tequila, a famous Philly cheesesteak, a slice of pizza or pastry, guests can enjoy a culinary journey all in one place.”
All four concepts will be featured in the space formerly occupied by Corky’s BBQ restaurant. Construction has already begun in hopes of a spring opening. Siganos was already at the Tropicana, offering Boardwalk Favorites, which had to close to accommodate Chickie’s and Pete’s.
“It is a very big space, and when they use the Boardwalk, they will have even more seating and entrances to maximize the impact,” Callender says. “We are really excited. Anytime you bring more nongaming amenities to a building, it adds to the excitement and brings more people.
With all of the new additions coming to the Tropicana, 2013 looks very promising for the already strong casino.
“It’s a party here because we offer something for everyone,” Callender says. “That’s what we’re all about. We are really positive about 2013. We have some amazing brands and new experiences that we know people are going to love.”