That was the extent of my reaction this week when the Hollywood Casino people came to HACC to troll for Hospitality majors. Exterior work on the new five-story casino is finished, and the opening is set for Feb. 4.
The casino will open with 11 restaurants and go to 13 within a few months. One commissary will serve all the food venues with a butcher shop for meat fabrication, a scratch bakery and about 500 cooks, bakers, pot washers and waitstaff.
Running the food and beverage operation is …
Tom Biglan, who was executive chef and then vice president of food and beverages for the Sands Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City in the 90s. The executive chef is John Schlaner, executive chef at Resorts Atlantic City for 12 years, then executive chef at Trump Taj Mahal.
Of course there’s a sports bar with the requisite gazillion flat-screens, but there’s also a fine-dining Italian restaurant, a track restaurant and a bunch of high-end food court venues.
The casino lounge will have a sound stage and a 90-foot projection screen for movies. (Hence the name: Hollywood Casino.)
Oh, yeah, there’s some slot machines too.