Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on June 5, 2013. The Revel opened on April 1, 2012 at a cost of 2.4 Billion dollars. Photo | Shutterstock.com
Revel Casino Hotel, the struggling $2.4 billion Atlantic City resort, told employees it could close this year if it doesn’t find a buyer in bankruptcy court. Employees could be laid off as early as August 18th.
Revel filed for its second bankruptcy (see filings below) in two years Thursday. It has not been profitable since opening in 2012.
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Tomorrow night, two of the biggest names in beards and folk music will be playing in the area. Unfortunately, you can’t see both, so we pit them against each other to see which group is most worth your dollars this time around.
The Avett Brothers and Ray LaMontagne
THE AVETT BROTHERS Led by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, these North Carolina boys have fun and put on a hell of a show. They have been known to rock their banjos and guitars so hard while jamming that they break strings. Not only do they have a Grammy nod under their belt, but they held their own in a folk-tastic live performance with Mumford and Sons and Bob Dylan. These guys are the real deal and are sure to hold nothing back this Saturday. Check out their new single “Morning Song” here. Saturday, 8 p.m., Revel Ovation Hall, 500 Boardwalk.
RAY LAMONTAGNE Ray LaMontagne’s voice has a soulfulness to it that’s from another time. A Grammy winner, LaMontagne looks like the jean-jacket-wearing country boy you might see at an open-mic night. The guy has an earnest love of music-making that is contagious. Get a glimpse into the heart of this New Hampshire native Saturday just across the river. The self-titled single from LaMontagne’s newest album can be heard here. Saturday, 8 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard.
Find out the winner after the jump
Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means the start of what will hopefully be another sunny summer at the Jersey Shore.
For the purposes of stormy Friday daydreaming, here are five downashore topics we’ll be talking about this year:
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Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice and his fiancee were arrested for assault after an altercation at Revel Casino in Atlantic City last weekend. Below, a video that allegedly shows Rice dragging his fiancee, who appears to be unconscious, out of an elevator at Revel prior to the arrest.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Atlantic City’s newest ailing gambling palace, someone throws a lawsuit. One New York couple is suing the casino, saying that their slots promotion from this past summer was a misleading scam:
Nicholas and Margaret Peragine of Lake Grove, on Long Island, sued in federal court in Newark Thursday.
The lawsuit claims the promotion was misleading when it promised gamblers who lost more than $100 playing slots at Revel during July would get their money back.
As the degenerate gamblers among us will remember, Revel said that they’d refund gambling losses at slot machine, only to then refund a maximum of 5 percent of those losses. That percentage, additionally, only came back for a period of one week, forcing gamblers to return that week or lose their refund. Chalk that up to “virtually unreadable” fine print.
The lawsuit, though? Just a couple of sore losers. [Newsworks]
For those of you already looking in the direction of the Shore, we’ve got a few new things happening in and around Atlantic City.
First, Jose Garces opened Yuboka, a dim sum and noodle shop, inside Revel at the end of May. It’s 36 seats, right next to his A.C. version of Amada, and situated right off the casino floor–custom-made for a quick-hit flight of small plates or bowl of noodles without taking you too far away from the slots. Also, he’ll be rolling out the semi-newly-christened Distrito Cantina Food Truck (formerly Guapos Tacos) on the boardwalk on Saturday and Sunday from noon ’til 6pm. That’ll be the schedule from now until Labor Day.
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Two trainwrecks, united at last: Consistently “erratic” erstwhile tween star Amanda Bynes and bankrupt casino Revel.
Continuing her bizarre streak over the weekend, the former Nickelodeon child star chased Bobby Cohen around the lobby of the casino on Friday, demanding he hand over his iPhone.
There was then yelling and screaming from Bynes, and general confusion expressed by Cohen and his son. (56-year-old Cohen, there for Father’s Day of all things, tried and failed to take a picture of Bynes.) When she wasn’t trying to grab phones, she was “playing the slot machines accompanied by a white dog and wearing a dress with the security tags still attached.” While wearing a platinum wig and black sunglasses. Revel in it, baby! [NY Post]
Gawker picks up the story of 24-year-old Leyla Ghobadi, who claims Kanye West seduced her at the Revel—even though his girlfriend Kim Kardashian had showed up at his show there—and then tried again after it became apparent Kardashian was pregnant with West’s child.
Ghobadi insists she refused Kanye’s initial advances, but he persisted, asking her to come back the following night for his second show.
Kanye once again invited Ghobadi backstage. This time, however, she went all the way.
“He told me . . . he wanted to ‘hook up,’ but I was concerned that he was seeing Kim Kardashian,” Ghobadi told Star. “He told me that [the relationship] was for publicity and nothing serious.”
Next thing Ghobadi knew, “we were both naked and having sex.”
West denies Ghobadi’s allegations.
Just when you thought Revel couldn’t be any more of a disaster:
Fifty people trapped in two stuck elevators at Revel early Sunday morning were rescued by Atlantic City firefighters who guided casino patrons up ladders and through dark elevator shafts to safety.
The first call came around 1:30 a.m., after which 22 Revelers had to be strapped to safety harnesses and guided up a 35-foot-ladder through a pitch-black elevator shaft. Said Atlantic City’s fire chief:
I’m sure a lot of the people weren’t crazy about climbing up a dark ladder in an elevator, and not in a nice environment with all those cables and grease. They were probably scared if the elevator moves. They were probably a nervous wreck.
But the party never stops at Revel, so here’s what happened next:
Shortly after the first rescue, authorities were called to another elevator near the HQ Nightclub for 28 people stuck between the second and fourth floors, he said.
The rescue missions, during which no one was hurt, lasted a couple hours in total. By Carnival cruise standards, that’s actually not bad. [Press of Atlantic City]