Blatstein/Magid Team Up for Live Entertainment at Provence Resort and Casino

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Big news: Philly developer Bart Blatstein and concert promoter Larry Magid are set to make an announcement tomorrow about live entertainment programming at Provence Resort and Casino, Blatstein’s $700-million proposed project on the site of the former Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News building.

Details are sparse, but more will be announced tomorrow at 11 a.m. Stay tuned to Ticket for more.

Morning Headlines: Casino License Bidders Will Get Last 15 Minutes Before the Board

Tower Entertainment's proposed casino, the Provence at

Tower Entertainment’s proposed casino, the Provence at Broad and Callowhill
Photo credit: theProvenceCasino.com

Tomorrow morning, four of the five contenders for Philadelphia’s second casino license will appear one more time before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Each will have 15 minutes to sum up why they should get it, while opponents will have equal time to say why they shouldn’t. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Casino Smackdown Begins. Who Will Win?

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Casino Revolution renderings: exterior and (inset) bar area. Renderings by Hnedek Bobo Group.

Today is the start of three days of hearings during which the final five bidders for Philadelphia’s casino license will make their case before the PA Gaming Control Board. Established venues such as SugarHouse will also be granted the opportunity to present their rebuttal against the new projects to avoid losing business.

Among the prospective projects, three are proposed for South Philly (Live! Hotel & Casino, Casino Revolutions, and Hollywood Casino), one in Callowhill (the Provence), and one in Center City (Market8). The schedule of the hearings is as follows:

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Blatstein Introduces Two Celebrity Chefs for Casino Complex

Photo of the chefs with Blatstein (center) by Sandy Smith

Photo of the chefs with Blatstein (center) by Sandy Smith


Two star New York chefs whose restaurants sparked neighborhood revivals, Tom Colicchio and Andrew Carmellini, will establish operations in Philadelphia as part of developer Bart Blatstein’s proposed Provence casino-entertainment complex.

Blatstein introduced the pair at a short press conference in a tent atop the parking garage at 15th and Callowhill streets that will fall to make way for the casino and its accompanying shops and restaurants should the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board award the second and last casino license in Philadelphia to his project.

Both Colicchio and Carmellini have track records of opening outstanding restaurants that serve acclaimed cuisine.

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Provence Casino Would Bring Nationally Acclaimed Chefs

Tom Colicchio and Andrew Camellini with Bart Blatstein | Amanda Laura

Tom Colicchio and Andrew Camellini with Bart Blatstein | Amanda Laura

If Bart Blatstein lands Philadelphia’s remaining casino license he will bring two nationally known chefs to town. Bart Blatstein told the assembled media at the North Broad Street site of what he hopes will be his Provence Casino that  Tom Colicchio and Andrew Carmellini will open restaurants in the complex.

Tom Colicchio, who is known for hosting Top Chef and his Craft restaurants hints that he will be doing a steakhouse that will utilize local farmers for produce and beef as well. He added, “I have a few steakhouses already but I want to do something different, something unique for Philadelphia.”

As for Andrew Camellini, who has six restaurants in New York and Miami, the James Beard winning chef is leaning towards an Italian restaurant. Despite the French name of Provence, the chef is thinking Italian Riviera. “It’s not far from where my family is from, so I think that’s where I’m headed to draw inspiration from.”

Each chef has time to nail down their concept as the gaming board isn’t expected to announce a winner of the second Philadelphia casino license till later in 2014.

For more on Blatstein and the Provence Casino, check out Property.

 

Mr. Quotable: Top 20 Things Bart Blatstein Said Last Night at the Salon

bart blatsteinHe was something between an inspiring commencement speaker and a Catskills comedian. Developer Bart Blatstein sat down with Philly Mag Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath yesterday at the Barnes Museum to talk about development, casinos and other issues pertaining to the future of the city. It was a ThinkFest Salon, an event meant to keep the conversation going until the next ThinkFest in the fall.

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Tonight! The ThinkFest Salon With Bart Blatstein at the Barnes!

bart blatsteinThe ThinkFest Salon is a series of conversations with the boldest thinkers in Philadelphia. This evening at 6 p.m., the Salon features Bart Blatstein, one of the city’s most prominent and innovative real estate developers. Blatstein will talk with Philadelphia Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath about casinos, building neighborhoods, and the way developers are changing the face of Philadelphia.

People interested in real estate–like all youse Property readers–won’t want to miss this one. For ticketing and event info, read on.

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Inga Saffron: Steve Wynn Should Get the P.T. Barnum Award

Is there anything more delicious than a critic who’s ticked off? When the New Yorker‘s Anthony Lane hates a movie, you know you’re in for a really fun read. Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron takes the gloves off plenty, like a good critic should, and it’s always fun–and often a much-needed reality check.

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Blatstein Gives Up Controlling Interest in Piazza and Liberties Walk

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The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Bart Blatstein has sold 60% of his interest in the Piazza at Schmidts and Liberties Walk. Kushner and Oaktree Capital Management L.P., a real estate investment fund are the buyers and the Inquirer estimates the deal is worth $130 million to Blatstein.

It would appear the deal gives Blatstein a cash infusion for his North Broad casino project, The Provence.

Blatstein sells controlling interest in Piazza, Liberties Walk [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Deconstructing Bart Blatstein [Philadelphia Magazine]