Revel Is Done, And Jose Garces Is Down Four Restaurants


The news came down today: Atlantic City’s Revel Resort is shutting down next month.

Oh, sure. They’re still trying to sell the place. But they’ve been trying to sell it pretty much since the day it opened. Or at least since the first bankruptcy filing, which happened just a little over a year after it opened. As things stand now, the resort has never made a dime in profit, and the current owners are admitting that even if a buyer is found, Revel will still close before anyone can come in to save the day.

In the restaurant world, this means that Jose Garces is losing four restaurants: An Amada, a Village Whiskey, his Distrito/Guapos Tacos mash-up, and Yuboka–a noodle bar concept that existed only in A.C.. There’s no word yet on how many people are going to be out of a job when the last guy out of Revel shuts out the lights, but it’s going to be a bunch. Overall, 3,100 jobs will be lost when Revel closes. is reporting that Revel plans to shut down on September 10. You can check out more Revel shut-down news on the Philly mag news page.

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  • paulfromphilly

    Serves the Garces organization right, trying to glom onto predatory gambling — addictive slot machines extracting money from the poor and troubled, keeping them down. It never squared with the good works done by their charitable foundation.

    • owens4414

      Ya gambling is predatory but not too sure too many poor people went to Revel to begin with, it was the swanky, expensive casino. Also, those that did likely weren’t dropping their money on $20 tapas plates. I have a feeling Garces was probably making money on those with considerable money, as he does at all his restaurants.

      • paulfromphilly

        I agree. All good points. Still I think that, by being part of it, Garces was helping to promote and market the casino. And while my comment focused on the poor, plenty of rich people get pulled under by gambling addiction. Preying on them ain’t much better.

    • jim worthington

      Amazing how any person could get satisfaction out of a Business person and his employees misfortune !! Garces was providing a quality service in a casino location . It begins and ends with that . Are you glad that every other service and business provider there is out of business to from the Spa operators to the other retail stores ???

      • paulfromphilly

        Yes. I do feel badly for the employees to the extent their choices of employment were limited. But I don’t feel badly for the business owners who chose to support the predatory gambling trade. It hurts people and it’s bad for the economy.

  • Phille

    eh, the amada was always empty there whenever I went anyway.

  • ratso

    Shame because Garces food is excellent.

  • Megan

    You can thank Greedy people like Norcross, Trump and Christie.

    • Scout

      He’ll be down 5 when Volver tanks.

      • John

        and that stupid diner/cuban thing. Is JG domestic still open?

        • DaveL

          Apparently that stupid diner/cuban thing is expanding. I just hope they didn’t the lease for free just because he is on TV or something. So many, mostly empty, restaurants and yet this guy is always in the news. I guess it is a slow news town.




      Seriously, too much time on your hands. Every Garces mention a nasty/negative comment. One question for you…Butthurt, much?

      • intheskywithdiamonds

        ^^^ obviously works at Revel