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P E N D S O M E T I M E I N A T L A N T I C C I T Y A M I D I T S F L A S H Y C A S I N O S , the fine r esta u r ants , and the rolling beaches and Boardwalk, and you can’t help but marvel at how far the resort has come. But every step you take is still gently haunted by all that has been here before. Atlantic City wears its history like a comfortable old coat — tattered, but comfortable. From its days as a “health” resort in the 19th century, to its naughty and haughty days of irreverence during Prohibition (highlighted in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) to its eventual decline and then rebirth as an East Coast gambling mecca, Atlantic City and the region has been attracting visitors since its inception. In this issue, our first “Then & Now” issue, we look at Atlantic City’s long journey to get to this point in time. We look at a resort thriving and alive, from its driving nightclubs to its packed showrooms. And we look at its ghosts, from bosses like “Nucky” Johnson to the crowds at Captain Starn’s and Grace’s Little Belmont. As Atlantic City braces for a challenging future, the Queen of Resorts brings those ghosts and some of that past magic along for the ride. It’s a magic that never really leaves.  Then photo couresy of Library of congress, image & now photo by kevin mccarty

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Where Nucky Lay His Head By Jim Waltzer

Once a happening hotel, the Ritz Condominium has restored its vintage ook, if not its wild ways.

Atlantic City’s Casinos of Yesteryear By Alison Baxter

A list of the casinos that are no longer part of America’s Playground.

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By Lori Hoffman

Hackney’s, Capt. Starn’s & the Restaurants That Were

Atlantic City’s Gambling Legacy

Classic eateries such as these once dominated the restaurant scene for decades in Atlantic City

By Michael Pritchard

Placing a bet in Atlantic City is as old as strolling the Boardwalk.

A.C. Then and Now Pictorial

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By Kevin McCarty / Pictures from various sources.

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On the cover: Atlantic City, Then and Now. Original photo from Library of Congress / New photo and design by Kevin McCarty.

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With Boardwalk Empire shining a light on Prohibition-era Atlantic City, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that A.C. wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only place affected by the nationwide alcohol ban. When Somers Pointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mike â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? Dougherty and his brother-in-law were doing work on an old carriage house they bought back in the 1960s (pictured) in Wissahickon, Pa., they stumbled upon more than a dozen Prohibition-era vest-pocket whiskey bottles. Luckily for us, AC Weekly stumbled upon Doughertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home during a community-wide yard sale in Somers Point recently and found his old cardboard box full of 16 empty glass bottles among the sale items. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the stories I had heard from the old timers that had lived in the area for many years,â&#x20AC;? says Dougherty, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the home I had purchased from ABOVE: Some of the bottles an old couple was at one time a low-key, [weekend-only] speakeasy.â&#x20AC;? found in a Pennsylvania home (below) in the 1970s. According to Dougherty, who was gracious enough to talk about the bottles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after we purchased them, of course â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on more than one occasion with AC Weekly, the Pennsylvania home he bought decades after Prohibition ended used to be a carriage house, which was situated right next to a pharmacist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The druggist actually kept the horse and carriage in there,â&#x20AC;? says Dougherty, who found blacksmith tools and other horse-stable remnants along with the bottles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The front of the building had a canvas on it and that would come down in the front. Whenever the druggist had prescriptions to deliver or whatever heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just go over there, pull the canvas up, and bring the horse and carriage out and go deliver the prescriptions. Everything was all in one big room. And on the weekends guys would come there, they would play cards, socialize, and get their bottle of whiskey. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going back to the early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20s. It was not a well-known speakeasy; it was a neighborhood type of thing.â&#x20AC;? During Prohibition, it was still legal for doctors to prescribe alcohol and some of it leaked out into the many speakeasies around the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had a pot-belly stove in there that they would fire up, a little coal-fired stove or something,â&#x20AC;? adds Dougherty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And one day what happened was they had a chimney fire. So that was the end of the speakeasy. The fire did a lot of damage to the back wall. It was a chimney fire, so [the druggist must have] taken the stove out and tossed the bottles in the clean-out base of the chimney. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the bottles were found and how a lot of them got smoke [white film] inside of them. I never washed them out; they say you should never wash them out.â&#x20AC;? Likely everybody had their own bottle at the speakeasy, adds Dougherty, because all of the bottles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to this day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have their cork intact, which is rare to find. Dougherty has been intrigued by the bottles since finding them in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s when he was working on his then-new home. He got scraps of information over they years about the bottles and they came with him to the Jersey shore when he moved down here. Dougherty also found two coins dated 1918, a wheat penny and a Liberty dime, underneath one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s window frames he was working on. Dougherty learned that back in the early 1900s such coins were used to level windows when constructing homes. That both coins are dated 1918, and that the whiskey bottles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of various sizes and shapes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were found with corks intact (with little or no writing or marks on the bottles), and that the neighborhood old-timers confirmed that the old carriage house was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;low-keyâ&#x20AC;? speakeasy, makes us think that these bottles are the real deal. Prohibition-era bottles, found at the Jersey shore, but originally discovered in Pennsylvania. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I kept the bottles 50 years,â&#x20AC;? says Dougherty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But long gone now are the days of the Roaring â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20s, Prohibition, and the original carriage house speakeasy.â&#x20AC;? Thanks Doc, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take good care of them. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jeff Schwachter


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HE CITY’S POKER ROOMS have had to brace for a new onslaught of competition as casinos in Pennsylvania and Delaware added poker rooms in recent weeks. But, apparently, their biggest competition still comes from each other. The perfect example may be unfolding at the Taj Mahal, which is currently holding the United States Poker Championship (U.S.P.C.) through Nov. 22. So far, the championship has been seeing very small turnouts for its opening events. Despite being the oldest tournament in the city, the event has struggled to attract players. The championship began last week strongly enough when 159 players turned out for the $360 buy-in No Limit Hold’em first event. Not a bad start for a Monday morning tournament. But since then most of the events have drawn well under 100 players. Friday’s $550 buy-in No limit event drew only 48 entrants. Saturday’s $550 No Limit event did a little better, drawing 144 entrants and a $76,840 prize pool. But Sunday’s $550 seven-card stud tournament only attracted 38 players. Part of the reason may be that the Taj is offering only one event in the championship each day, usually with a morning start. In the evenings, the Taj’s regular tournament schedules — usually $50 buy-ins weekdays and $100 to $200 weekends — are still being offered. That’s a different approach than, say, the Borgata’s various seasonal opens, where regular tournament play is suspended and several smaller tournaments are scheduled as part of the open for afternoon and evening play. More events may translate into more players. But one of the biggest challenges the Taj is facing may come from another strategy the Borgata uses. Namely, aggressively running special tournaments that effectively counter-programmed the championship. The Borgata scheduled a special fall Deepstack series through Nov. 14. The opener, Nov. 4, was a $200 buyin tournament that drew 266 players for a $53,200 prize pool. The Taj event that day, a $360 buy-in, drew only 65 players. The second Borgata Deepstack event Friday (Nov. 5) drew 237 entries and a Join us on Facebook:

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$71,100 prize pool, the same day the U.S.P.C. attracted only 48 players. You may be noticing a trend and it’s clear that more tournament players were attracted to the Borgata Deepstacks than the early U.S.P.C. events. Throw in reports that those Delaware and Pennsylvania poker rooms are drawing very well and you can see the city’s poker rooms have a dogfight on their hands to attract players, even to special events. And the enemy is everywhere. But that’s not necessarily a doom and gloom situation. Being in a dogfight doesn’t mean you have to lose. Harrah’s Entertainment, for example, has shown that the city’s best poker marketing ploy, its string of bad-beat jackpots, can still bring in the crowds. Harrah’s combined bad-beat jackpot hit Thursday night (Nov. 4) at $532,236, making it the fourth largest bad-beat jackpot in Atlantic City’s short bad-beat history. Until it hit, the jackpot was probably also attracting play away from the Taj. The winner/bad-beat loser was player Edward Pietrzak, who saw his quad sixes lose to quad 10s at about 7:30pm Thursday at Harrah’s Resort. He wins $160,000. The winner of the hand, William Jacobsen wins $107,000. More importantly, 372 players in Harrah’s Entertainment’s four poker rooms — Harrah’s Resort, Caesars, Bally’s and Showboat — win $713 a piece. Harrah’s instituted the combined bad beat precisely to build up some excitement for their poker rooms. In June, when the Taj Mahal’s bad beat went to a record $670,000, the casino saw jam-packed action 24/7 for a couple of weeks. Harrah’s rooms began to see some of the same bad-beat-mania as their jackpot creeped up over $500,000. The bad beat was reset to $199,000 after it hit and is already at $232,000. But the minimum hand for the bad beat was reset to four queens (it dips a notch every Wednesday), another strategy to allow the jackpot to climb. Hey, if it gets the players in, more power to it. To keep up to date on Atlantic City poker news and bad beat totals visit Atlantic City Weekly’s poker blog, “The Real Deal” at acweekly.com/poker. N

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Recorded at Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in 1966 sometimes drop his son off with Grace Daniels if he had business elsewhere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father was very good friends with Hernan Daniels, and maintained an alliance with Grace after Hernan passed away,â&#x20AC;? says Nick Nicholson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She not only had Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Belmont downstairs, she also had a beauty salon upstairs next to her apartment, and when I was a kid and my father had to go somewhere, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always leave me with Miss Grace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so she was sort of like halfway babysitting me. She had a beautiful apartment. There was some outstanding mahogany furniture up there.â&#x20AC;? Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Belmont, says Nicholson, was smaller than Club Harlem and featured a horseshoe-style bar off the entrance. One of its barmaids was Elvera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babyâ&#x20AC;? Sanchez, a former Vaudeville singer and dancer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the mother of Sammy Davis Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Sanchez [who passed away in 2000 at age 95] was good friends with my mother, and she was a very talented entertainer in her own right back in the

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back and fourth between Club Harlem and Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Belmont. They sort of fed off one another. Club Harlem was the keynote on that street and had a 6 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock breakfast show there. Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured a really popular artist in the summertime named Wild Bill Davis, who had done some things with Duke Ellington.â&#x20AC;? Davis is also credited with helping to popularize the Hammond B-3 organ as a jazz instrument, and his arrangement of the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;April in Parisâ&#x20AC;? was made into a huge hit by the Count Basie Orchestra in 1955. The Wild Bill Davis Swing Organ Quartet recorded two live albums at Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Belmont, the first coming in 1966 when Davis teamed with his friend and tenor saxophonist Johnny Hodges, a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. (Hear real sounds from Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Belmont circa 1966 on the online version of this story at acweekly.com) In 1967 he recorded another album, Midnight To Dawn, there. Davis would end every live show with what would become his signature song. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The song that he ended every show with was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;April In Paris,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d wrap up each show by saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Not anutha futha,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? says Nicholson, a drummer who would occasionally sit in with the Wild Bill Davis Quartet as a young man. Ikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner on Tennessee Avenue (about two blocks north) was owned by Nicholsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father and encompassed a bar, a liquor store and 10 apartments. The senior Nicholson also owned a record shop called Ikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Records across from Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Belmont, and would

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VER SINCE THE OPENING OF THE CITYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S first casino, Resorts International, on May 26, 1978, the gaming industry has become a very important part of Atlantic Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall history and culture. Along with Resorts, there are 10 other casinos operating currently in Atlantic City: Caesars, Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resort, and the Showboat (all owned by Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment), the Hilton, Tropicana, Borgata and the three Trump Entertainment properties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Trump Plaza, Trump Marina and Trump Taj Mahal. These 11 casinos, however, are not the only ones that have existed in Atlantic City since gambling was legalized. Here is a look at the Atlantic City casinos that were. 2007: Sands implosion Opened originally as the Brighton Casino on Aug. 31, 1980, this casino was taken over and converted quickly into the former Sands Hotel and Casino by May 1981. At its peak, the Sands brought in top performers such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Robin Williams. Eventually, however, coming upon hard times, the Sands filed for bankruptcy in 1998. Purchased by Pinnacle Entertainment in 2006, the casino closed on Nov. 11 of that year. At the time of its closing, Sands was the smallest of all the casinos in Atlantic City. On Oct. 18, 2007, accompanied by a fireworks show, the Sands was imploded in the East Coastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first ever casino-hotel implosion. (See implosion video at acweekly.com) While Hugh Hefner Playboy casino and his bunnies are still alive and well, the casino bearing the same name as his magazine, Playboy Casino, is no longer. The Playboy faced many obstacles even before its opening in Atlantic City. Facing monetary concerns and needing $135 million in financing, Playboy Casino took on the Elsinore Corporation as a partner. The casino was issued a temporary permit by the Casino Control Commission (CCC) on April 4, 1981 and the cocktail bunnies opened the casino doors for business on April 14, 1981. While the casino showed a profit for the summer, they were still in need of a permaJoin us on Facebook:

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NYONE WHO THINKS GAMBLING in Atlantic City can be traced back to the opening of the Resorts Casino in 1978 is cutting out a huge portion of the resort’s gaming history. Atlantic City’s history of back-room casinos and gambling dens is as old as the city’s Boardwalk. Still, gambling went through a dry spell as the city began to decline in the 1950s and ’60s and was reborn on that May 26, 1978 opening of Resorts. Here’s a look at the action Atlantic City has offered since it’s earliest days.

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Then: Philadelphia newspapers were complaining about Atlantic City’s illegal gambling houses and brothels as early as the 1890s. In truth, the city was offering gambling action from its inception. In those early days, the most popular games were roulette, poker and faro, a simple French card game based on betting on cards drawn by the dealer. Poker games would have been the more traditional stud and draw versions, though community card games such as Hold’em began to emerge in the 1920s. Craps was also popular in the city’s horse rooms. Gambling could be found in the city’s storefronts, restaurants and nightclubs, each serving a different class of gamblers. Atlantic City’s long history of back room gambling was summed up well in 1951 when a congressional report on illegal gambling was released. Atlantic City was one of the medium sized cities highlighted. The committee’s final report, issued Aug. 31, 1951, concluded that Atlantic City

was “riddled with rackets, including nearly every known type of gambling” from bingo to the numbers [illegal lottery].” The report said nearly every cigar store in town was a front for a bookie and that the city, then under the control of powerful State Sen. Frank S. “Hap” Farley,

Hold’em-style poker began to emerge in the 1920s. Craps was also popular back then. refused to enforce anti-gambling laws. Now: Atlantic City recaptured some of its history when casino gambling was legalized in 1978 and a steady stream of glitzy casinos was built through the 1980s and ’90s. Most every game the city offered in its illegal heyday (except faro) is being offered again in the resort. But one of the biggest changes may be the reliance on slot machines. While blackjack grew in popularity from the 1930s on, slot machines eventually passed table games as the top casino money-maker in the 1980s. Despite 11 casinos operating in Atlantic City, there are probably fewer table games being offered in the city than in the 1920s. However, since 2003, one table game, poker, has been rising steadily. Atlantic City casinos added poker rooms in the 1990s, before the Hold’em explosion, leaving them in good position to take advantage of poker’s rise in popularity. Most of the city’s casinos have refurbished their poker rooms

or built new rooms in the last few years. The city now offers poker action in eight casino poker rooms and also offers tablegame versions of poker (such as Caribbean Stud) and video poker in all of its casinos.

serious decline and several casinos have gotten out of the business. In an Internet and fast-information era, the leisurely pace of horse racing, with races every 45 minutes or so, seems to be a losing bet. Of course, the whole point of simulcastPlaying the Ponies ing is to bring in races from numerous Then: The simulcasting of horse racing tracks to up the action. Six Atlantic City from tracks around the country legally casinos still offer simulcasting rooms. came to Atlantic City casinos in 1993. Today, the A.C. Race Course runs But the operative word here is legally. a simple six-day meet each year and Atlantic City has always been a place to offers simulcasting year round. Much of get down a bet on a horse. the track’s land was taken over by the For years, the city sported “horse Hamilton Mall in 1987. rooms,” as part of the illegal casinos, which were found in restaurants, storeThe Numbers fronts and nightclubs around town. Then: Illegal numbers rackets were a staThe rooms would receive the results ple for organized crime throughout the through special telegraph wires. In first half of the 20th century. While num1935, Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, the man bers rackets could be fixed, they often Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson used horse-track betting results to assign is based on, solidified control of the random numbers. At its height, Atlantic horse rooms by striking a deal with the Nationwide News Service for racing results. City’s numbers rackets took in $5,000 to Each room in the city paid $200 per week $6,000 a day on nickel and dime bets. A for the service. Nationwide charged $40. government investigation in the 1930s found more than 1,000 city businesses Nucky got the rest. Atlantic City also became part of the involved with the numbers rackets. Now: The New Jersey lottery raised “sport of kings” when the Atlantic City Race Course opened in 1946 in Mays more than $2.5 billion in revenue in 2009 Landing. Frank Sinatra, band leader and tickets can be purchased in more Xavier Cugat, Bob Hope, and Sammy than 6,000 locations statewide. It offers Kaye were among the original investors. six numbers-based games including PickIn its glory days, the race track often 3 and Pick-4, which draw numbers twice daily. The state lottery began in 1970. drew crowds of 30,000. Despite the advent of state lotteries in Now: While simulcasting rooms can still be found in Atlantic City, the rac- 40 states, there are still numbers rackets ing industry in the country has been in being run around the country. N

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IT H BOARDWALK EMPIRE I N F U L L S W I N G and the history of Atlantic City fresh on our minds, let’s take a look at the fashion trends from the 1920s and how they relate to modern day America. It seems as though some of the ’20s trends are making their way back in today’s fashion world, but with more of a modern twist. To confirm these suspicions, I asked a few fashion experts. Gina LaMorte, celebrity stylist and CEO of Boho magazine (bohomag.com), definitely agrees. She sees a lot of

fringe, feathers and Art-Deco styles represented in today’s fashions. When asked if she felt people dressed nicer back in the ’20s than they do today, LaMorte says the comparison isn’t really possible. “I don’t believe you can compare a decade like the ’20s to today,” she says. “Society was completely different. Clearly there was much more formality in terms of design and dressing as opposed to today where we are a completely liberal and informal society. Women’s roles were entirely different [back then].”

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h e n N u c k y J o h n s o n ALLEGEDLY ensconced Al Capone at the Ritz Carlton during the Mobsters’ Convention of May 1929, the Beaux Arts hostelry at Iowa Avenue and the Boardwalk was the toast of Atlantic City. Eight years old, it was still the newest of the beachfront hotels (the Claridge would claim that status the following year), and Nucky himself leased the entire ninth floor for the purposes of living, loving, and local hegemony. Seashore history is slippery — some accounts place Capone and his fellow delegates at the President, and Nucky’s digs on the Ritz’s eighth floor — but by any measure, the 1920s roared extra loud in Atlantic City. In later decades, that exuberance yielded to war, decline, and demolition before legalized gambling reincarnated the resort. All but a few of the grand Boardwalk hotels fell to the wrecking ball, the Ritz being one of the survivors. Barely. “It was in a deplorable state [by 1980],” says Herb Hartman, whose Boardwalk Realty in the refurbished Ritz Condominium sells and leases units at the site. “[Rehab] allowed us to see the potential in the building.” That potential has been realized with 322 residences and six commercial suites in the privately owned, present-day Ritz, which joined the condo ranks in 1982. During the past eight years, its vintage luster has been restored, and new appointments and facilities added. Nucky likely would have approved. The Ritz debuted in June 1921, a streamlined redbrick rectangle with 600 rooms and an approximate price tag of $6 million. (It may have been as high as $8 million.) The New York architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore, which shared in the design of iconic Grand Central Terminal (popular handle: Grand Central Station), brought the Parisian flair that was Beaux Arts (think symmetry, flat roofs, arched windows, sculptural detail) to their conception for the new Ritz-Carlton, a name that bespoke class, elegance, and, well, ritziness. W&W also had designed updated versions of the local Shelburne, St. Charles, and Ambassador hotels, the last situated right across Iowa Avenue from the Ritz. “[The architects] were ahead of their time,” says Hartman, referring to the oversize windows and multiple views that distinguished the hotel rooms. The interior was a meld of marble, expensive furnishings, and high spirits. The hotel’s Merry-Go-Round Bar offered reasonably priced drinks to draw a lively crowd packed onto a carousel under a canvas awning. A special elevator ferried beach-goers to the sea. One floor sported several rooms dedicated to pantry service. Indeed, the Ritz catered to both the well-heeled and strollers off the Boardwalk. With Nucky regularly entertaining political, showbiz and gangland celebri-

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ties, the Ritz was party central for many years. New York’s natty Mayor Jimmy Walker favored the Ritz, as did perennial seashore songstress/comedienne Sophie Tucker. Metropolitan opera star Lawrence Tibbett serenaded Boardwalk audiences by belting arias from his beachfront suite. Card sharks sequestered themselves in designated rooms for big-money games. Two decades later, the stakes had changed. Starting in 1942, the Ritz served a three-year hitch for Uncle Sam, as did its fellow beachfront hotels — the Army Air Force had commandeered the town for training, as World War II raged in Europe. In the fall of 1945, AAF Redistribution Station No. 1 restored private ownership to the Ritz, but the postwar public marched to a different beat. The 1950s and ’60s brought budget-conscious motels to the Boardwalk, while expanding air travel ushered many vacationers to distant destinations. Atlantic City and its palaces had aged. In 1958, giant hotelier Sheraton purchased the Ritz-Carlton for just $4.25 million. Under new ownership a decade later, the hotel

converted its rooms to apartments. As the old structures vanished and casino-hotels took hold, the Ritz stood its ground and went condo, dropping the “Carlton” from its name per the parent company. Since 2002, its youth and swagger have been restored. “We’ve been putting it back to the way it was,” says Carol Hartman, president of the condominium association, co-founder of Boardwalk Realty, and Herb’s mom. “It’s an ongoing project.” That’s been going strong. Lobbies and staircases display a regal bearing once more. Burgundy-velvet draperies and period furniture have returned, and marble floors have been refinished. A $3.5-million swimming pool and health club, added in 2008, strikes a modern chord. Outside, $500,000 in CRDA money — plus fine workmanship and careful attention to old photographs — has transformed the building’s Boardwalk façade from a frumpy strip of mismatched awnings and bad colors to a uniform richness. Currently under consideration for a berth on state and national historic registers, the building seems a surefire candidate. What government official would have the temerity to vote thumbs-down, with the ghost of Nucky hovering in the salt air? With interest in the Ritz increasing on a national level due to the popularity of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, which is based on Atlantic City in the 1920s and revolves around the fictional character Nucky Thompson (based on the real Nucky Johnson), the Hartmans have started to offer tours of the building where Nucky once lived, partied and held historic meetings. For a tour of the Ritz, contact Herb Hartman at 609-345-2062. n

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E ELING HU NG R Y? THEN YOU ARE IN LUCK. Our region — Atlantic City and the whole of southern New Jersey — presents a plethora of dining possibilities. Although that fact is a relatively new phenomenon, it has a solid foundation derived from the area’s topography, history and population. We are, without the slightest hint of hyperbole, like nowhere else in the country. Maybe the world. New Jersey is known as the Garden State with good reason and this is the epicenter of that garden. Whether it’s peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, peaches, apples, pears, plums, straw, black or blueberries, romaine, red and green leaf lettuces, arugula, dandelion, figs or potatoes of any variety, southern New Jersey’s bounty is rich in depth and quality. Those unique natural attributes form one-third of an equation which has fostered a dynamic restaurant environment locally. The second element, infrastructure and investment, might appear less obvious. So, wrap your minds around the fact that 10 or so years ago, none of the following even existed: Buddakan. The Continental. Chelsea Prime. Teplitzky’s. Carmine’s. Cuba Libre. The Melting Pot. Il Mulino. McCormick & Schmick’s. Mia. Old Homestead, Morton’s, The Palm and Ruth’s Chris steak houses. Ditto for Phillips Seafood, Red Square, Souzai, Wolfgang Puck’s American Grill, Fin. Fornelletto, Izakaya, Patsy’s, The Trinity, SeaBlue and Simon Prime. Throw in Gertrude’s, Manna, Sofia, Dune, Tomatoe’s (at least in their current locale/incarnation) Johnny’s, Domenico’s, Sage and Luke Palladino — outside of the resort town proper — too. All within only a few miles of Absecon Island. Get the picture?

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Pickles Deli

340-2000

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New York style deli.

Enjoy a traditional Italian meal prepared with a contemporary, New York fare in the sophisticated setting of this award-winning trattoria.

Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brunch

American bistro. Breakfast served anytime.

Choose from a variety of regional steaks and seafood.

Red Pearl

Borgata Buffet

Modern Asian cuisine served up fresh in casual setting.

Spa CafĂŠ

Ben & Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

The Bagel & Doughnut Connection

Located in the Spa at Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, offering health-conscious meals.

Johnny Rockets

Open daily.

340-0099. A retro â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s-style Boardwalk restaurant. Breakfast served daily from 8-11am. Lunch and dinner served daily from 11am-1am Sun.-Thurs., 11am-3am Fri. & Sat.

Noodle Village

Bread + Butter

Griddled sandwiches served with an array of premiere beverages and desserts.

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Izakaya

Burgers, hot dogs.

Offering an extensive selection of authentic Chinese and Vietnamese comfort foods.

Extensive buffet menu. Breakfast, $14.95 (plus tax), Mon.-Sat. 8-11:15am; Lunch, $17.95 (plus tax), Mon.-Fri. noon-2pm; Sat. noon-3pm; Dinner $28.95 (plus tax) Mon.-Thurs. 4-8pm; Fri. 4-9pm; Sat. 4-10pm; Sun. 8am3p for brunch; 4p-9p for dinner.

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Old Homestead Steak House

Domestically-raised, hand-massaged Kobe beef is the signature dish of this steakhouse.

Roma

Casual cafe with pizza, pasta, panini, fresh salads.

SeaBlue

Celebrated chef Michael Mina combines cutting-edge technology and design elements with his signature and acclaimed approach to seafood.

The Cafeteria

The Metropolitan

French bistro-style cafe serves classic and contemporary American dishes.

Wolfgang Puck American Grille

Contemporary American cuisine in two distinctive dining areas.

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Kwi Restaurant and Noodle Bar Offers a selection of traditional and modern Asian cuisines.

La Piazza Buffet

Piazza di Giorgio

348-4411, ext. 6000. Contemporary Italian/ Mediterranean cuisine.

Mortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Souzai Sushi & Sake

449-1044. mortons.com. Steakhouse with an a la carte menu.

Neroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grill

Sirloin and porterhouse steak and New England lobster. Service is formal with traditional Italian favorites.

Venice Bar

Catch the latest game.

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348-4443. Souzai is a countrystyle Japanese restaurant. Intimate setting, sushi menu and unique sake cocktails.

The Trinity Pub and Carvery

345-6900. A warm and inviting place to relax and enjoy a frosty pint of your favorite stout while feasting on traditional Irish specialties.

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441-5000 Bluepoint Bar

674-0100. Restaurant includes twilight sky or â&#x20AC;&#x153;opium den styleâ&#x20AC;? dining nooks.

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The Continental

Club Cappuccino

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Coffee bar. Fine gourmet coffees, cappuccino, espresso and teas accompanied by homemade pastries, cookies and brownies.

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Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Zio

345-6800. State-of-the-art sports bar and restaurant.

Phillips Seafood

Buffet selections for all day din-

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Library III

Corner Grille & Deli

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Enjoy family style, Italian favorites and a selection of homemade pastas and sauces.

Reflections

A 24-hour cafe offering steaks, seafood, sandwiches and burgers. Breakfast is available anytime.

The Steakhouse

Gourmet restaurant offers a raw bar, roast prime rib, shrimp Wellington and more.

Taste of the Shore

Food emporium features Primo Pizza, Sack Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Subs, Ben & Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice Cream and Philly Soft Pretzel Factory.

Waterfront Buffet

Extensive buffet items. Cost: $29.99(plus tax, $22.99 kids) for dinner daily; $23.99 (plus tax, $10.99, kids) for brunch. Hours: Mon. & Fri., 8:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;noon brunch, 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm dinner; Tues. & Wed., noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm dinner; Thurs. 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm dinner; Sat. 8:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;noon brunch, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm dinner; Sun. 8:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:30pm brunch, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm dinner.

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Coffee and espresso bar plus pastry shop, soups and sandwiches. Open 24 hrs. from Sun. at 7am-Close Fri. at 11pm. Sat. 7am-11pm.

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Cornucopia Buffet

Land and sea buffet features a variety of specialties. Cost: $18.50 (includes tax). Closed Mon-Thurs. Fri. noon-9pm, Sat. noon-10pm, Sun. noon-9pm.

Empress Gem Noodle Bar

Asian noodle bar open Sun.-Fri. 2pm-mid. Sat. 2pm-2am.

Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burger Bar

Design your own gourmet burger from top to bottom. Exotic beers. Mon-Thurs. noon-5pm (bar only), 5pm-mid. (dining); Fri. 5pm-1am; Sat. noon-am; Sun. noon-mid.

ONO Pan-Asian Bistro and Bar

Features exotic dishes from sushi to sashimi to rock lobster tail with Kaffir lime butter. For those with simpler tastes ONO also features a traditional surf & turf or New York strip steak. Fri. & sat. 5:30-10pm; Sunday brunch 10am-2pm.

Patsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Specializing in Neapolitan cuisine, Patsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant in New York was Frank Sinatraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite restaurant. Fri. & Sat. 5:30-10pm; Sun. 6-10pm. For reservations, call 340-7585.

Simon Prime

Contemporary American steakhouse by famed, celebrity chef Kerry Simon. Simon Prime will quickly become famous for its amazing steaks, as well as its unique take on fish, seafood, chops and organic seasonal vegetables. Thurs. 6-10pm; Fri. & Sat. 5:30-10pm.

RESORTS 344-6000 Asian Spice

BeachBall Seafood House

On the Boardwalk, open Fri.-Sun. Closed after Labor Day.

Boardwalk Perks

Coffee shop with deli sandwiches. Sun.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 7amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6pm; Fri.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. 7amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm. Fall hours. Sun.Thurs. 7am-5pm; Fri.-Sat. 7am10pm.

Breadsticks Cafe & Grill

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and latenight fare. Open 24 hours daily.

The Buffet

Offers an international menu, as well a full complement of allAmerican selections. Cost: $14.99 (plus tax) lunch and dinner; $13.99 (plus tax) for breakfast Sat. & Sun. $3 discount for Resorts Casino Club members. Fall hours: Sat. 9am-9pm; Sun. 9am-8pm. This perennial Zagat Award-

Burger Bar located across from Gallagherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers dry-aged beef burgers, chili made with choice sirloin, sliders (mini burgers) and more. Fall hours: Mon.-Thurs. 4-9:30pm; Fri. noon-9:30pm; Sat. noon-11pm; Sun. noon-9:30pm.

Gallagherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse

340-6555. The renowned New York City steakhouse is located on Resortsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dining level and features traditional dry-aged steaks and seafood favorites prepared on their famous open flame. Fall hours: Sun.-Fri. 5-9:30pm; Sat. 5-11pm.

TROPICANA 340-4000 il Verdi

Upscale gourmet Italian cuisine presented in an elegant ambiance.

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Golden Dynasty

Traditional Chinese cuisine, Cantonese specialties and exotic delicacies for which Chef Ping is well known.

Seaside Cafe

344-9100. Famed restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vodka and caviar bar and restaurant recreates centuries of Russian history. The dining room, flanked with two ice columns, gives way to an icetopped 32-foot bar.

RĂ­-RĂĄ Irish Pub & Restaurant

348-8600. Authentic pubs were imported from Ireland and reassembled here. Pub fare and modern interpretations of classic Irish dishes.

SHOWBOAT

This 24-hour dining experience offers updated casual fare.

TRUMP MARINA

343-4000 Canal Street Bread & Sandwich Co.

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Soup, overstuffed sandwiches, made-to-order pizza and desserts, 24/7.

Casa Di Napoli

Brick-oven pizza, classic Italian dishes including pasta, veal and seafood, homemade salad and breads.

French Quarter Buffet

Seafood, steaks, a Bayou salad bar and homemade desserts, selfserve cappuccino machine. Mon.Thurs. 12-4pm lunch; $19.99 (plus tax) Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. dinner 4-9pm, $25.99. Fri., 4-10pm, $29.99. Sat. noon-3pm lunch, $19.99; dinner, 4-10pm, $29.99. Sun. 10am-1pm, $21.99; 1-9pm, $27.99.

House of Blues Restaurant

236-BLUE. New Orleans-style restaurant and bar.

Johnny Rockets

348-0725. A retro â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s-style restaurant featuring classic burgers and more. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 8am-mid.; Fri.-Sat., 8am-2am.

Mansion Cafe

Hearth-baked biscuits, overstuffed sandwiches, hearty salads and more. Home of the $3 Big Easy Burger.

A Dam Good Deli

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom and Popâ&#x20AC;?-style deli featuring a variety of overstuffed sandwiches along with homemade soups.

Corkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ribs & BBQ

Casual dining BBQ restaurant serving hickory-smoked pork, beef, chicken, BBQ ribs, sandwiches and salads.

Fiesta Buffet

Abundant selection. Cost: $18.95 (plus tax) for breakfast and brunch Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri. 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11am; Sat. & Sun. 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1pm. Nightly seafood buffet for $24.95 per person (complimentary lobster tail on Fridays). Hours: Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm; Fri. noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm; Sat. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10pm; Sun. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm.

Hooters

Seafood, burgers and â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearly world-famousâ&#x20AC;? chicken wings served by the famous Hooters girls.

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Oshi Sushi & Sake

347-7770. Catch your favorite game while eating a meal with everything from beef to seafood menu.

Rib & Chophouse

572-9300. The renowned New York family-style Italian institution serves southern Italian appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared from the freshest quality ingredients in large portions.

343-4330. A 32-seat oasis for classic Japanese sushi and sake from chef Tony Fok, located in the Rib & Chophouse. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 5-11pm. Closed Sun.-Tues. Steaks, chops, chicken and fresh seafood, char-grilled to specification. Raw bar plus the freshest catch.

Royal Noodle House

Located next to the Fortune Gaming Pavilion on the casino floor; authentic Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese noodle, rice and

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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

348-6700. cubalibrerestaurant. com. Classic and contemporary Cuban dishes. Brunch, dinner and late dining served daily.

The Palm

344-7256. thepalm.com. Known for its aged prime beef, mon-

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348-4600. Traditional Chinese cuisine, with innovative contemporary creations that demonstrate modern influences on the modern Asian palette.

New seafood restaurant, featuring locally grown food and wine under the direction of locally born and trained Chef Demetrios Haronis. Has a sushi and raw bar. Hours: Wed.-Sun. 6-11pm. Located on the casino level in the South Tower.

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Casual and classic Italian cuisine from pizza to Eggplant Parmigiana to Chicken Florentino.

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restaurant boasts great-tasting food from a menu of all-American favorites including juicy hamburgers, handdipped shakes and malts and freshlybaked apple pie. Guests also enjoy an all-American diner look and feel, servers who know the secret behind getting ketchup out of the bottle, tabletop jukeboxes that belt out tunes for a nickel and authentic dĂŠcor.

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Surround yourself with western charm while savoring gourmet steaks, chop, and seafood. Serving CAB prime meats and the freshest fish available. A Sunday through Thursday Three Course Chef Special Dinner menu is available for $35 per person. Open for dinner Fri.-Tue. 6pm.

Hooters

449-9300. Seafood, salad, â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearly world-famousâ&#x20AC;? chicken wings and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;more than a mouthful burgerâ&#x20AC;? all served by the Hooters girls.

Harbor View

Elegant, intimate dining. Serving the finest gourmet seafood and Italian specialties. Best views of the Marina and Atlantic City skyline. Open for dinner Wed.-Sun 6pm. Sunday Champagne Brunch 10am-2pm.

Imperial Court

Superb Chinese cuisine with exotic offerings and assortment of familiar items. Open for dinner for Friday - Sunday 6pm.

The CafĂŠ

Full breakfast fare. Also serving deli-style lunch and casual dinners. Open 24 hours.

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Boardwalk Terrace (overlooking the ocean), 572-0866. A fusion of unique Asian cuisine ranging from Cantonese to Japanese accompanied by an assortment of selections available at the Noodle and Sushi Bar.

2225 Boardwalk at Trump Plaza. 441-0400. evorestaurant.com. Serving specialty cocktails and 20 wines by the glass. Menu features world cuisine and brick-oven pizzas.

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Located on the sixth floor, this steakhouse features U.S.D.A. prime certified Angus beef and seafood selections. Open for dinner.

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On the Boardwalk at Trump Plaza. 345-5757. rainforestcafe.com. Exotic salads, pastas,

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Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fairmount Tavern

2300 Fairmount Ave. 344-2439. angelosfairmounttavern.com. An A.C. institution, Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian fare has flourished for three generations.

Angeloniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II Restaurant

2400 Arctic Ave. 344-7875. angelonis.com. Fine Italian cuisine and impressive wine selection.

Atlantic City Bar & Grill

1219 Pacific Ave. (Corner of S.Carolina & Pacific). 348-8080. atlanticcitybar.com. Lobster, homemade pizza, BBQ baby back ribs and more.

Chelsea Prime

111 S. Chelsea Ave. , inside Chelsea hotel. thechelsea-ac.com. 3482200. A steakhouse in the setting of a 1940s supper club with indoor and outdoor seating, a cocktail lounge with a curvilinear bar, and entertainment.

Chelsea Pub

8 S. Morris Ave. 345-4916. Popular local hangout is open 24 hours, daily. Mon.-Fri. Happy hour 11:30am-1pm, 4-6pm.

Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster House

El Charro!

2430 Fairmount Ave. Authentic Mexican restaurant serving lunch and dinner.

Flying Cloud CafĂŠ

800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basin. 345-8222. Relaxed, waterfront dining specializing in seafood. Open daily from 11am for lunch and dinner. Available for private parties from 10 to 200, and off-premise catering. Waterside outside deck open, weather permitting.

Girasole Ristorante

3108 Pacific Ave. 345-5554. girasoleac.com. Serving Mediterranean Italian cuisine daily. Holiday specials.

Imperial Inn

3124 Atlantic Ave. 347-8810. Serving exceptional Mandarin, Szechwan and Cantonese food.

Irish Pub

St. James Pl. at the Boardwalk. 3449063. theirishpub.com. Open 24 hours with full menu served anytime. Daily lunch and dinner specials.

Kelsey and Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

201 Melrose Ave. 350-6800. Classic southern soul food with a twist, including fried chicken and waffles. Open daily 7am-10pm; BYOB/cash only.

Knife & Fork

3600 Atlantic Ave. Corner of Atlantic and Pacific aves. knifeandforkinn.com. 344-1133. Historic landmark restaurant with the finest seafood and steaks prepared on a wood-fired grill.

2405 Atlantic Ave. 345-0092. docksoysterhouse.com. Offering fine steaks and seafood, classic seafood soups, bar and raw bar.

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2801 Arctic Ave. 347-9119. Authentic Vietnamese and vegetarian cuisine. 2108 Atlantic Ave. 344-2050. Serving lunch and dinner. 11:30am-10pm weekdays, till 11pm weekends.

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1926 Atlantic Ave. 344-2293. losamigosrest.com/AC. Mexican food, fresh seafood and prime steaks.

Meganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Good Grub & Pub

1743 Boardwalk at Indiana Ave. 289-8950. megansgoodgrubandpub.com. Open Thurs.-Sun for lunch and dinner. Closed MonWed. A unique menu of classic American comfort food, executed with gourmet flair, served in a friendly and fun pub environment. Meeting space, private parties and take-out available.

Melaka Restaurant

28 S. Tennessee Ave. 344-8928. Malaysian and Chinese cuisine.

The Melting Pot

2112 Atlantic Ave., 441-1100. meltingpotcom. Fondue restaurant offers unique and interactive dining experience.

Mexico Restaurant

3810 Ventnor Ave. 344-0366. mexicorestaurant.com. Cocktail lounge serving authentic Mexican food & beer.

New York Diner

3101 Pacific Ave., at Flamingo Motel. 345-8887. Full diner menu. New York-style deli sandwiches.

Old Waterway Inn

1700 W. Riverside Dr. 347-1793. Specializing in seafood and steak. Open for dinner Wed. through Sun. 5-10pm.

Prime Midwest beef, specialty chops, seafood, award-winning wine list.

cappuccino and desserts. Takeout, eat-in and delivery. Open 10:30am-10pm daily.

Sum and seafood. Open 11am -10pm, Fri. and Sat. till 11pm. Eatin, take-out and delivery.

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Cleoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fish Palace

4006 Ventnor Ave., Atlantic City 348-3315. Dine in, take out and delivery of pastas, pizza, subs, sandwiches, salads and more.

Teplitzkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

111 S. Chelsea Ave., inside Chelsea hotel. 1-800-548-3030. thechelsea-ac.com. Retro-style diner with hideaway cocktail lounge and coffee shop.

Tony Boloneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzeria

300 Oriental Ave. (Corner of Oriental and Vermont St.). 3448669. tonybaloneys.com. Pizzas, subs, wraps, calzones and more. Mon.-Thurs. 9am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 9am-11pm. Sun. 10am-9pm. Free delivery.

Tun Tavern

Two Convention Way. 347-7800. tuntavern.com. A.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first steakhouse and brewery, now serving lunch, dinner and late night snacks. Microbrews.

Whiskey Grille

20 Pennsylvania Ave. 345-3290. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner.

White House Sub Shop

2308 Arctic Ave. 345-8599. A.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary sub shop.

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Pho Hoa Cali

3808 Ventnor Ave. 340-0063. Authentic Vietnamese noodle house.

151 S. New York Ave. 350-6349. Banquet facilities, weddings, birthdays, holiday parties, corporate meetings, breakfast, lunch, dinner, from 5 people to 150. Tues.-Thurs. 7-11pm; Fri.-Sat., 7pm-mid.

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The Wonder Bar

229 S. Tennessee Ave. 344-1113. Open 24/7. Full Menu. Serving lunch & dinner daily. Try their wings.

Reddingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

1545 Pacific Ave. 348-3270. Offering the ultimate in southern cuisine with bar specials every day from 4-7pm.

Ruthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris Steakhouse

2020 Atlantic Ave. 344-5833. serioussteaks.com. Corn-fed USDA

3701 Sunset Avenue (at the Albany Ave. bridge). 344-8888, wonderbarac.com. Lunch served from 11am and dinner served nightly in the Sunset Room from 5-10pm.

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1312 W. Brigantine Ave. 2661124. Serving pizza, subs, steaks, Italian dinners, grilled seafood,

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32nd St. and Revere Blvd. Newly opened restaurant, bar and package goods store.

Goochie Brothers

4208 Harbour Beach Blvd. 2663100. Italian cuisine and pizzeria.

Laguna Grill Martini Bar

1400 Ocean Ave. 266-7731. lagunagrill.com. Fine cuisine, unique ambiance on the beach with beautiful view. Nightly specials and live entertainment. Open daily: breakfast starts at 8am, lunch at noon and dinner at 4pm.

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3400 Brigantine Blvd. 266-2808. Northern and Southern Italian cuisine.

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1075 North Shore Dr. 266-1388. brigantinegolf.com. Beautiful views of golf course, casual ambiance.

Macedonian Grill

3015 Brigantine Blvd. at 31st St. 264-8801. macedoniangrill.com. Specializing in Mediterranean and American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Yuki Hana

3628 Brigantine Blvd. 266-7608. Japanese/Chinese restaurant with a full sushi bar.

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9 S. Granville Ave., Margate. 8234400. barrelsfoods.com. Italian food. Also in Linwood.

China Dumpling Seafood Resaurant 5200 Ventnor Avenue, Ventnor. 822-6888. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Specializing in Dim

Dinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Subs & Pizza

8016 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 822-6602 or 822-0670. Open daily, 7-11:30am. Breakfast entrees, sandwiches and subs. Party trays for all occasions. Pick up, eat in and delivery.

Downbeach Deli

8 S. Essex Ave., Margate. 8237310. Serving up a huge selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily, 8am-7:30pm.

Fedeliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant 9403 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 822-1293. Home of authentic home-cooked Italian cuisine and two-for-one specials.

Gertrudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

7309 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 823-3003. gertrudesventnor. com. Dinner from 5pm nightly. Under the direction of chef Neil Elsohn, Gertrudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a casual yet sophisticated restaurant that uses organic, locally grown and harvested vegetables along with herbs, meats, cheeses and fish.

Hannah Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

7310 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 823-1466. (Cafe located at 7303 Ventnor Ave. 822-6000).

Isabellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

4 S. Portland Ave. Ventnor. 8222477. This traditional Mexican restaurant serves breakfast entrees and remains open for dinner with specialities such as fajitas, burritos, and other Mexican inspired dishes.

Jerusalem Glatt Kosher Restaurant

6410 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 600-822-2266. Casual family atmosphere specializing in Kosher Mediterranean cuisine, steaks, lamb, chicken and fish. Open for lunch Sun.-Fri., noon3pm. Dinner served Sun.-Thurs., 5-9:30pm.

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Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ & Cocktails

9407 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 822-1789. johnnyscafeventnor. com. Hearty breakfasts, healthy lunches and classic dinner cuisine with an Asian flair. Open year round from 7am-9pm, weekends till midnight. The Ultimate Happy hour at the bar, Mon.-Thurs. with half-price appetizers and discounted cocktails.

La Fontana

20 Douglas Ave., Margate. Gourmet Italian cuisine. Take out anytime.

Lamberti

9707 Amherst Ave., Margate. 4876001. sunsetonthebay.com. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Happy hour daily 3-7pm with half-price appetizers and reduced drink prices at the bar only.

Liang House Imperial East

7800 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 487-8052. Open daily 11:30am9:30pm. Modern Chinese cuisine. Daily lunch and dinner specials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We deliver, even to the beach.â&#x20AC;? Free parking lot.

Lucyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Grille

9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate. 822-7268. Dine al Fresco in the shadow of Lucy the Elephant for breakfast 9-11am; lunch, 11am4:30pm.

Lucyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bella Luna

9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate. 822-7268. Dine al Fresco in the shadow of Lucy the Elephant. Hours Wed.-Sun from 5pm.

Maynardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ

9306 Amherst Ave., Margate. 8228423. Lunch and dinner specials. Starlight Garden bar open daily.

Malelani CafĂŠ

5205 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 8225007. malelani.com. Fresh baked paninis, pastries, heart-healthy salad bar, Illyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous 60-bean blend coffee, black, green, and herbal teas, fresh juice, and other specialty drinks. Open Mon.-Fri. 8am-8pm, Sat.-Sun. 8am-10pm.

Matteoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Bay CafĂŠ

7801 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 8236700. Lunch and dinner specials. Award winning Crab Cakes and specializing in Fresh Seafood prepared as you like. Open for Breakfast Saturday & Sunday; Lunch and Dinner 7 days.

Miyako

9210 Ventnor Ave., Margate. 822-4759. Authentic Japanese cuisine.

Euro Gourmet Cafe and The Gelato Factory

6525 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. 4876525. Italian ice and gelato made on premises. Also featuring breakfast, lunch & dinner specialties. Delivery.

Red Room CafĂŠ

141 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor. 8221067. Gourmet pizzas, Italian specialties.

Shore Club Crabhouse, Bar & Grill

303 Longport Blvd., Longport (in the Seaview Harbor Marina). 8221002. shoreclubbar.com. Great views of Egg Harbor Bay. Lunch, dinner and bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Sofia

9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. 822-9111. sofiaofmargate.com. This bayside treasure transports you to the Mediterranean with stylish decor and authentic Greek Mediterranean cuisine.

Sophieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Margate CafĂŠ

8017 Winchester Ave., Margate. 822-1610. Offers a wide selection of pancakes. Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; menu available.

South End Pizza

9702 Ventnor Avenue, Margate 609-822-5599. Open daily serving Pizza, subs, sandwiches, salads pastas and more. Take out and delivery

Steve & Cookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the Bay

9700 Amherst Ave., Margate. 823-1163. steveandcookies.com. Menu highlights fresh seafood and produce and prime cuts of meat.

Tomatoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

9300 Amherst Ave., Margate. 8227535 or tomatoesmargate.com. Varied eclectic menu highlights seafood entrees.

Atlantic City Sub Shop

Heather Croft Sq., Northfield. 6467799. atlanticcitysubshops.com. Eat-in, take-out, delivery and party trays.

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Venturaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenhouse

106 Benson Ave., Margate. 8220140. venturasgreenhouse.com. Lunch & dinner specials and late-night fare.

Yama Japanese Restaurant 5305 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 8228105. Sushi and sashimi; over 100 special rolls, plus tempura and other cooked specials.

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Black Horse Pike, Cardiff/EHT. 6461855. touchofitaly.net. Serving veal, seafood, pasta, steaks and brick-oven pizzas. Banquet facilities.

800 Bay Ave., Somers Point. 926-3500. 800bayrestaurant. com. Open daily from 11:30am. Cocktails with freshly-squeezed juice, fresh seafood and steak entrĂŠes, exotic raw foods and sushi, lively music on the dock, breathtaking views.

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800 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9273663, charliesbar.com. Popular buffalo wings. No credit cards. Over 15 TVs for sporting events.

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Rt. 9, Central Square, Linwood. 926-9900. barrelsfoods.com. Italian food in intimate setting. Also in Margate. Take out/ Delivery.

6055 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 2721930. chickiesandpetes.com. Sports-themed bar/restaurant famous for its wings, crabs and Philly-style sandwiches.

Black Horse Pike at English Creek Ave., EHT. 272-8808. berkshiregrill.net. Great seafood and thick, juicy, tender steaks.

Bombay Indian Restaurant

743 White Horse Pike, Galloway. 965-4433. Neighborhood sports bar serving American dishes.

2405 New Rd., Northfield. 6467565. Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine.

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Athenian Garden

4760 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 625-0144. Lunch, dinner and late-night. Italian specialties.

619 New York Rd. (Route 9), Galloway Twp. 748-1818. Authentic Greek cuisine.

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807 Tilton Rd.., Northfield. 4841480. chidoburrito.com. Live free. Eat well.

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5401 Hardin Hwy. (Route 40), Mays Landing. 625-2523. (Formerly the Epic Grille). Pizza and Italian specialties. Happy hour noon-7pm weekdays.

English Creek Shopping Ctr., Rt. 40 & English Creek Rd., EHT. 646-4445. Authentic Indian dining experience.

Bulldogs

Sunrise Plaza, 68 W. Jimmie Leeds Rd., Galloway Twp. 404-1700. celinascafes.com. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Home-baked goods.

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2 Broadway, Somers Pt. 9277377, thecrabtrap.com Serving fresh seafood, soups, steaks, homemade breads, desserts and more. Open daily from 11am10pm Sun.-Thurs., 11am-11pm

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Dolce Vita Ristorante & Pizzeria

443 Zion Road, EHT. 788-8512. Open daily for lunch & dinner till 10pm and Sat. till 11pm. Breakfast Fri.-Sun., 7-11am. Italian dishes, fresh fish & seafood. Also pizza, pasta, subs, wraps, burgers, wings, salads and full-course dinners. Early bird specials, $11.95. Private parties, catering and take-out trays. Eat in, take out and delivery.

East Bay Crab & Grill

Cardiff Plaza, EHT. 272-7721. eastbaycrab.com. Specializing in All-UCan Eat Crabs, Early Bird Menu.12 Entrees under $12 menu, over 60 entrees starting at $8.99 and daily specials. Reservations accepted.

El Rancho

375 S. Main St., Pleasantville. Authentic Mexican.

northern and southern Indian cuisine. Indian lunch buffet daily from 11am-2:30pm. Also serves American entrees.

Kelsey & Kim’s Soul Food

52 N Main St, Pleasantville. 08232 484-8448. Classic southern style soul food with a twist. Hours: daily 11am-10pm.

Formica Bros. Bakery

Kensington Square, Northfield. 646-6565. formicabrosbakery. com. Cafe features daily lunch specials. Open 7am-7pm.

Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern

Towne of Historic Smithville, Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 6520544. Family restaurant, casual dining.

Fuji

210 New Rd., No. 4, Linwood Green Plaza, Linwood. 926-8861. Japanese cuisine specializing in sushi and steak.

Gaspare’s

3003 English Creek Shopping Ctr., EHT. 677-0016. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Menu includes Italian specialties, pasta, seafood and smoked fish platters.

Harbor Village Square, EHT. Ocean Heights Ave. & Zion Road, Bargaintown. 653-2112. www. gaspares.com. Quaint, cozy and casual serving lunch, dinner, takeout and delivery. Cocktails, beer and wine.

Feather Cafe & Grill

Gianna’s Cafe

English Creek Restaurant

6041 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 3775555. Traditional and authentic

The Plaza at Center Point, 1205 Tilton Rd., Northfield. 677-0470;

FAX 677-8885. California cuisine in a casual, upscale setting.

Gilchrist Offshore

734 W. White Horse Pike, Cologne, 965-3433. Great breakfast and lunch specials.

Hu Tieu

Asian Mall, Pleasantville Shopping Center, 700 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. 646-8977. Vietnamese cuisine.

Johnny Rockets

Juliano’s Restaurant

Zion Rd. & Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Twp. 927-6363. julianospub.com. Sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta and seafood.

L’s Restaurant

1303 Harding Hwy. (Rt. 40), Richland. 856-697-5700. therichlandhouse.com. Fresh seafood and steaks, unique wine list.

The Inn at Sugar Hill

310 E. White Horse Pike, Galloway; 652-1942. Home of the French Fried Lobster Tail, gourmet burgers, steaks, seafood, and homemade Italian specialties.

JD’s Pub & Grille

265 S. New York Rd. (Route 9), Galloway, 652-6050. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine.

Gourmet Italian Cuisine

131 Jordan Rd., (behind the Sunoco station off Laurel Dr./ Garden State Parkway entrance), Somers Pt. 927-4637. Lunch and dinner featuring Greek specialties.

Levari’s Seafood & American Grill

Jo-Jo’s Italian Grille

Library III

6605 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 6457655. libraryiii.com. Murph’s crab cakes, steaks, prime rib, seafood and salad bar.

4215 Black Horse Pike (Hamilton Commons shopping center), Mays Landing. 485-0071. Japanese cuisine w/ Japanese steak, seafood house and sushi bar.

Los Mangos

Sam’s Bar & Grill

6708 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 3832588. (Ginza II located in English Creek Shopping Ctr., EHT. 3833999). Hibachi steakhouse and sushi bar.

Goodfellows, W.L.

324 S Pitney Rd, Galloway, NJ. 6521398. Serving authentic Italian food and fine wines.

Great American Pub

Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 625-1990. Great gourmet Black Angus burgers. Happy hour six days a week.

Gregory’s Restaurant

900 Shore Rd., Somers Pt. 9276665. gregorysbar.com. Serving lunch & dinner until 1am. Food and beverage specials.

The Grilled Cheese & Crabcake Co.

55 Laurel Dr., Somers Pt. 6017533.

Hamilton Mall, Mays Landing. johnnyrockets.com. 1960s-themed classic burger joint and more. Rt. 559, Mays Landing. 625-2226. innatsugarhill.com. Great food and cocktails on the waterfront. 45 S. New York Rd., Galloway Twp. 404-9000. Featuring classic pub fare plus a full dinner menu.

Joe’s Restaurant

Black Horse Pike & Main St., Pleasantville. 646-8332. jojositaliangrille.com. Homemade Italian specialties. Second location: 6106 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp. 641-8332.

JR’s Tavern

650 New Rd., Somers Point. 653-9853. jrstavern.com. Lunch specials starting at $5 and dinner specials from $9.

La Hacienda

La Pizzatega

Linwood Greene, Rt. 9, Linwood. 653-8442. Serving seafood, veal pasta, steak, subs and salads.

Tuckahoe Rd. and Rt. 50, Petersurg. 628-2225.levarisamericangrill. com. Open daily 10am. Drink specials.

229 S Main Street, Pleasantville. 677-6868. letseat.at/losmangos. South American and Caribbean cuisine. Open Tues.-Sun. for lunch and dinner, delivery and take-out. BYOB.

Mangia by the Greens

McKee’s Irish Pub

Rifici’s Italian Cuisine & Pizzeria 308 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 272-2000. Serving lunch and dinner daily.

Romanelli’s Garden Cafe 279 South New York Rd., Galloway. 652-0179. romanelliscafe.com. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also catering.

Sack O’ Subs 784 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 646-6555. Hot and cold subs, homemade soups and salads.

Sakura

18 S. Main St., Pleasantville. 6465128. samsbarandgrill.com.

Sandi Pointe 908 Shore Rd., Somers Point, 927-2759. (formerly Mac’s Restaurant). Seafood restaurant and bar with live music.

Smithville Inn Rt. 9 & Moss Mill Rd., Smithville. 652-7777. Traditional area hotspot.

446 St. Louis Ave., Egg Harbor City. 965-7878. Open for lunch and dinner.

Tailgaters Galloway Grille

Mickey & Minnie’s

Tap Room & Grille

733 W. White Horse Pike, Cologne. 965-1877. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Closed Mondays.

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119 Route 50, Corbin City. 6283024. ls-jbones.com. Traditional, casual dining. J-Bones Tavern inside.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant

3016 Ocean Heights Ave., EHT. 601-8369. Lunch, dinner, latenight snacks, pizza. Free delivery to EHT, Linwood, Northfield, and Somers Point.

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136 White Horse Pike, Absecon. 383-8881. Traditional Japanese cuisine. Sushi bar.

The Nizam’s

6666 Black Horse Pike, EHT. 6778829. Northern and Southern Indian food, including nan, tandori and vegetarian dishes.

Oyster Creek Inn

41 N. Oyster Creek Rd., Leeds Point. 652-8565. Old-fashioned fresh seafood house with waterfront dining.

Pistol Pete’s Saloon & Steakhouse

1000 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. 484-1000. pistolpetessaloon.com. Casual dining. Weekly specials.

337 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City. 804-9000. Sports bar. Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Dr., Northfield. 236.4465. Featuring an acclaimed Sunday brunch.

Testa’s Good Guys Pub 5698 Somers Point Rd., Mays Landing. 625-1926.

Thai Basil 199 New Rd., Suite 72, Linwood. 926-9339. Thai-French cuisine.

Tre Figlio 500 W. White Horse Pike, Pomona. 965-3303. trefiglio.com. Italian cuisine.

TW Howell’s 341 West White Horse Pike (Odesse Ave. & Rt.9), Pomona. 892-3704. Summertime BBQs as well as catering for any event.

Ventura’s Offshore Café

Ram’s Head Inn

9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway. 652-1700. Classic area hotspot.

2015 Shore Rd., Northfield, venturascafe.com. 641-5158. Awardwinning filet mignon, pan pizzas and more. Delivery.

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According to the wonderful picture book, South Jersey Movie Houses by Allen F. Hauss, Atlantic City was a prime location to release blockbuster summer movies. At one time Atlantic City had over 30 movie theaters. The huge Warner Theater (2,626 orchestra seats, 1,251 balcony seats, 310 loge seats and a Wurlitzer pipe organ) had once been a showroom for live theater before its conversion to movies. Only the original façade remains, as part of Ballyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boardwalk entrance. The Virginia was another major venue, and the Steel Pier showed motion pictures as part of its total entertainment package. The Globe Theater, a former vaudeville house, was the first in the city to install Vitaphone sound technology for the first Warner Brothers sound film, Don Juan (1926). It became a burlesque house in 1928. The 600-seat Alan Theatre, at Kentucky and Arctic avenues, played movies by black directors for black audiences. Other movie theaters in town included the Charles, the Hollywood, the Center, the Capitol (later the home for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss 56,â&#x20AC;? stripper Busty Russell), the Beach (which showed X-rated movies from the 1970s to 1983 when it closed), the Astor, Embassy, Bijou and the Colonial. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;LH

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November Nov. 12 • Kris Kristofferson, Borgata • Toby Keith w/Rodney Atkins, Boardwalk Hall Nov. 12-13 • Little Anthony & The Imperials, Trump Plaza Nov. 13 • Allman Brothers, Trump Taj Mahal • Experience Hendrix, Caesars • Tom Papa, Borgata • La Musica Italiana, Trump Marina Nov. 19 • Justin Bieber, Boardwalk Hall • Boxing: Farah Ennis vs. Victor Lares, Harrah’s Resort Nov. 19-21 • Frankie Valli, Borgata Nov. 20 • Bill Maher, Caesars • Patti LaBelle. Harrah’s Resort • Boyz II Men, Resorts • Earth, Wind & Fire, Trump Taj Mahal • Shinedown, House of Blues • Boxing: Sergio Martinez vs Paul Williams II, Boardwalk Hall Nov. 24 • Cedric the Entertainer, House of Blues • DaMMAge Fight League - Big Bang, Trump Taj Mahal Nov. 26 • Bob Dylan, Borgata • Bret Michaels, Tropicana • Chayanne, Trump Taj Mahal • Jo Koy, Borgata Nov. 26-27 • Straight No Chaser: Holiday Show, Caesars • Paul Anka, Resorts • Legends Classic Basketball Tournament, Boardwalk Hall Nov. 26-28 • Jukebox Heroes, Trump Plaza Nov. 27 • Jay Leno, Borgata • Brandon Flowers, House of Blues • George Henry Wallace, Harrah’s Resort

• Ring of Combat XXXIII, Tropicana Dec. 3-4 • Lewis Black, Borgata Dec. 4 • Julio Iglesias, Caesars • Celtic Thunder, Trump Taj Mahal • Chris Isaak, Harrah’s Resort • Boxing: Shamone Alvarez vs. Ayi Bruce, Bally’s • Dashboard Confessional, House of Blues Dec. 5 • Albany Devils vs. Adirondack Phantoms (AHL), Boardwalk Hall Dec. 10 • Cyndi Lauper, Tropicana • Tank, Jagged Edge, & Carl Thomas, House of Blues Dec. 11 • Kenny Rogers Christmas, Trump Taj Mahal • The Caesars Tribute: A Salute To the Golden Age of Skating, Boardwalk Hall • Nathan Burton Comedy Magic, Harrah’s Resort • Thisis50 Comedy Tour, House of Blues Dec. 12 • Albany Devils vs. Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL), Boardwalk Hall Dec. 29 • Wiz Khalifa ft. Mac Miller, House of Blues Dec. 31 • Maroon 5, House of Blues • Sarah McLachlan, Caesars • B.B. King, Harrah’s Resort • Joel McHale, Borgata • Hoff, Longoria, Reichard and Spencer, Tropicana

Feb. 11 • Jimmy Eat World, House of Blues Feb. 19 • Lady Gaga , Boardwalk Hall • Ragdoll, Trump Plaza

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Dec. 3 • Daryl Hall & John Oates, Borgata • DMX & Eve, House of Blues

February Feb. 4 • Albany Devils vs. Hershey Bears (ECHL), Boardwalk Hall Feb. 5 • Joan Rivers, Hilton

March, 2011 March 4-5 • Music of ABBA, Trump Plaza March 11 • Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship Quarterfinals, Boardwalk Hall March 12 • Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals, Boardwalk Hall • Kenny Vance and the Planotones, Trump Plaza March 13 • Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship Game, Boardwalk Hall March 18 • ECAC Hockey Men’s Championship, Session 1, Boardwalk Hall March 19 • ECAC Hockey Men’s Championship, Session 2, Boardwalk Hall

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Jan. 23 • Trenton Devils vs. Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), Boardwalk Hall Jan. 28-29 • Midget Indoor Auto Racing, Boardwalk Hall

Feb. 27 • Albany Devils vs. Norfolk Admirals (AHL), Boardwalk Hall

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Attractions (See museums/exhibits Absecon Lighthouse 31 S.Rhode Island Ave., A.C. Adults $7, children $4. Hours: Daily, 10am5pm. Call 449-1360. abseconlighthouse.org. African-American Heritage Museum of Southern NJ Dr. MLK Center, 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville. Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm. aahmsnj.org. Call 704-7262. Atlantic City Aquarium Gardner’s Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., A.C. Weekend programs with live diver feeding show 11am; baby stingray and shark feedings noon and 3pm. Exotic animal show 2pm Saturdays. Noon-3pm touch tank feeding time. Open daily, 10am-5pm. ($8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children) 348-2880. atlanticcityaquarium.com. Atlantic Heritage Center 907 Shore Rd., Somers Point. Hours Wed.-Sat. 10am-3:30pm. 927-5218 or atlanticheritagecenternj.org. Brownstone Puppet Theatre Gardner’s Basin, 800 New Hampshire Ave. 215-804-8120. Visit Brownstonepuppettheatre.com.

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Cape May County Zoo Crest Haven Rd. and Route 9, Cape May Court House. 80-acre zoological park with nearly 550 animals representing more than 200 species on exhibit. Free. 10am-4:45pm. 465-5271. Visit capemaycountyzoo.org. Carriage House Gallery 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Changing exhibits. 884-5404 or capemaymac.org. Doo-Wop Museum Ocean Ave. near Burke, Wildwood. Dedicated to the pop culture of the late ’50s and ’60s. 523-1958. Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Great Creek Road, Oceanville. 43,000-acre coastal habitat reserve. Trails, birdwatching. Headquarters 10am-3pm weekdays. Trails open daily, sunrise to sunset. Entrance fee. 652-1665. Great Bay Gallery 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Show by artists and poets of Great Bay Gallery. Hours Wed.- Fri. 3-8pm; Sat. 3-9pm. Call 653-4991. Galloway Cultural Arts Center Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd., Galloway Twp.

204-8278 or online at gallowayculturalartscenter.org. Historic Cold Spring Village 720 Route 9, Cape May. Closed for season. Adults $8, Children $6. 898-2300. hcsv.org. Historic Smithville & Village Greene Rt. 9, Smithville. 748-6160. smithvillenj.com. Lucy the Elephant 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate. MonFri. 11am-4pm, Sat.-Sun 10am5pm. Adults $6, Children $3. 8236473. lucytheelephant.org. Marine Mammal Stranding Center Sealife Museum Marine Mammal Stranding Center, 3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine. Hours: Sat. 10am-3pm, Sunday 11am-2pm. ACall 266-0538. marinemammalstrandingcenter.org. NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum 500 Forrestal Rd., Cape May Airport, Rio Grande. Admission $6 adults, $4 children ages 3-12. 9am5pm daily. 886-8787. usnasw.org. Noyes Museum 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville.

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WheatonArts Exhibit 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville. Admission $10, $9 seniors, $7 students. Tues. to Sun. 10am-5pm. 1-856-825-6800. wheatonarts.org.

shopping AC Outlets, The Walk Michigan Ave., A.C. 343-0081. More than 50 outlet stores and eateries, including the Gap, H&M, Timberland, Nautica & Guess. acoutlets.com. Hamilton Mall Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, 646-8326. Area’s largest shopping center with 140 stores, including Sears, Macy’s and JC Penney. shophamilton.com. The Pier Shops at Caesars One Atlantic Ocean, off AC Boardwalk. High-end boutiques, shops and restaurants. thepiershopsatcaesars.com The Quarter Tropicana Casino Hotel, 2801 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. More than 30 shops along with more than 20 restaurants and clubs. Visit Tropicana.net. n

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To Nov. 28, Signature Artist Exhibition. To Jan. 2. Jacob Landau: Artist and Humanist. Tues-Sat. 10am-4:30pm. Sun. noon-5pm. 6528848. noyesmuseum.org. Ocean City Arts Center 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Mon.-Fri. 9am-9pm, Sat. 9am-3pm, Visit oceancityartscenter.org or call 399-7628. Ocean City Fine Arts League 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. 10am6pm daily. 814-0308 or visit online at oceancityfineartsleague.org. Ocean City Historical Museum 1735 Simpson Ave., Special 2010 exhibit “Buckets of Fun: Sand Pails & Beach Toys” Free. Call 399-1801 or vist ocnjmuseum.org. Ocean Galleries 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor. 3687777. Visit oceangalleries.com. Renault Winery 72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City. renaultwinery.com. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum New York Ave. & Boardwalk, A.C. Hours 11am-8pm. 347-2001. ripleys.com.

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Hackneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Captain Starnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & the Restaurants That Were These two giant seafood restaurants in the Inlet, along with other classic eateries, dominated the restaurant scene for decades in Atlantic City. By Lori Hoffman

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N THE EARLY 1960S MY brothers and I had a Saturday morning summer ritual. We would hop on our bicycles and ride the six-mile length of the Ventnor and Atlantic City Boardwalks. When we reached Captain Starnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood Restaurant we would buy the seal chum and feed the seals and sea lions in the pen by the restaurant. Captain Starnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Hackneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood Restaurant, both located off the Boardwalk in the Inlet section of town, were two of the most famous restaurants on the entire East Coast. They were part of a glorious era in Atlantic City â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 1940s to the 1960s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when the town was still a bustling tourist mecca in the summertime. The decline of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queen of Resortsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Playgroundâ&#x20AC;? was just around the corner, but before that decline Atlantic City, the whole of Absecon Island and the surrounding region was well known for great restaurants. Hackneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, opened by Harry Hackney in 1912, bragged in its advertising that it was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;as famous as the Boardwalk.â&#x20AC;? This monster-sized facility could seat 3,200 patrons for dinner, and once claimed that it was the largest seafood restaurant in the world. It was famous for its lobster dinners and its lobster tank where you could literally pick up your dinner. Amazingly enough, there were enough customers to keep both Hackneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Captain Starnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopping despite the fact that they were just down the Boardwalk from each other. Captain Starnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, had seating for 750, and

Old Hackneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s postcard was opened by Clarence Starn in 1940. As noted in a 2005 article by columnist and author Jim Waltzer in Atlantic City Weekly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Capt. Starnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Boating Center was in its prime, the attraction was indeed more than just cuisine. ... A fleet of sailboats and motorboats provided sightseeing excursions round the island. A seaplane took the courageous on thrill rides, ending its run with a nervewracking dive into the ocean. Starnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s may have offered a four-star stuffed flounder and broiled Alaskan crab, but it was the atmosphere that kept the place packed.â&#x20AC;? Also in the city were Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster House on Atlantic Avenue and the Knife And Fork Inn, the odd-shaped restaurant with the Flemish design, located on Albany and Pacific avenues. These two elegant, longtime culinary icons have survived to this day. So has Tonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baltimore Grill, at Iowa and Atlantic avenues, still a localâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite for its pizza and spaghetti. Other Italian favorites that are still around are Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fairmount Tavern (opened

in 1935), at 2300 Fairmount Ave., and Angeloniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II Restaurant at 2400 Arctic Ave. Both are local favorites in the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ducktown neighborhood. If you were in the mood for a great Jewish deli experience you had two excellent choices, Kornblauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Virginia and Pacific avenues in Atlantic City, and Louâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant on Ventnor Avenue (at Nashville) in Ventnor. Kornblauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, operated by Morris and Alex Kornblau, was known for its tasty corned-beef and hot pastrami sandwiches. Lou and Helen Adelman opened Louâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant in February 1946. It featured classic deli sandwiches, salads and soups. It was dress-up time and a special occasion when we went to Zabererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Home of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zaber-izedâ&#x20AC;? cocktail (a mug of root beer in my case), it was opened by Charlie Zaberer in the 1940s and, in its heyday, this huge facility and popular banquet spot could seat 1,200. We would also go for a longer trip on rare occasions to Ed Zabererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother) in Wildwood. (When you take the escalator up to the House of Blues Music Hall at the Showboat you can see an old-style advertisement for Zabererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.) When visiting Atlantic City nostalgia sites online, it becomes clear that the three Kentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurants were popular tourist stops for summer visitors. Kentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant & Baking Co. was founded in 1903 by Morris Walton at 1208 Atlantic Ave. The second location was on Pacific and Illinois avenues, and the third at Atlantic and

Starnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arkansas avenues. Here is one ode to Kentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pastries found on the site iloveac.com: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RestaurantBakery Uptown made delicious twice-iced chocolate cakes. The vanilla layers were covered with two chocolate icings, the first frosting was light chocolate and over this was a shiny dark chocolate icing. The cakes sat in the window on raised glass cake stands fancied with white paper doilies.â&#x20AC;? On the Boardwalk at Tennessee Avenue, later moving to South Carolina Avenue, was Childs, part of a chain of restaurants started by Samuel and Williams Childs in 1889. Designed to provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;economical meals for the working class,â&#x20AC;? the chain is credited as the first to use a tray line selfservice cafeteria format. The restaurant in Atlantic City could seat 1,000. This article barely scratches the surface of the great Atlantic City dining experience back in the old days. If you have memories of favorite eateries, add them to the comments section for this story on our Web site at acweekly.com. N see more online @

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HEADLINERS 1: Bob Hope at Caesars, November 1985. 2: Elton John at Trump Taj Mahal, May 1990. 3: Sammy Davis Jr. at Harrah’s, August 1984 4: Frank Sinatra at the Golden Nugget, January 1983. 5: Richard Pryor at Trump Taj Mahal, January 1993. 6: The Pointer Sisters at Caesars, May 1986. 7: Sting at the Borgata, July 2010. 8: No Doubt w/Gwen Stefani at Borgata, May 2009. 9: Liza Minnelli at the Golden Nugget, July 1987. 10: The Who at Borgata, March 2007. 11: Jay-Z at Borgata, March 2010. 12: B.B. King at the House of Blues at Showboat, March 2008.

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