Bart Blatstein Axes Hard Rock Cafe as Casino Partner

Only a few months after announcing a partnership with the Hard Rock Casino to run his proposed “Provence” casino on North Broad Street, Bart Blatstein has changed his mind. Instead, he’s going with “Isle of Capri,” a St. Louis-based company nobody’s heard of. Why? Because the 1,800-person Seminole tribe that owns the Hard Rock franchise couldn’t “move quickly enough” to meet Pennsylvania’s demands; the Pennsylvania Gaming Board is holding a hearing on February 12th to hear all the proposals to build Philly’s second casino. [Inquirer]