An Iron Chef Signs On To Revel In Atlantic City
Still planning for a May 2012 opening, Atlantic City's newest hotel, Revel, will be recruiting the services of Iron Chef winner Jose Garces for several of its dining options. Having successfully launched three restaurants inside the recently-opened JDV's The Saguaro (including a coffee take-out counter), Garces is introducing another trilogy into the 47-floor, ocean-facing tower.
A tapas bar (Amada), a whiskey bar (Village Whiskey), and a margarita bar with Mexican street food (Distrito Cantina) will help jazz up the AC scene this spring, along with the hotel's dozen other restaurants, three nightclubs, shopping mall, spa, two theaters and (of course) casino.
Garces, who has been selected as the hotel's "gastronomic cornerstone," lives on a 40-acre Pennsylvania farm with his wife and kids in Bucks County—just a quick two-hour drive from the hotel. Maybe if we're lucky, he'll be trucking over some home-grown cabbage and tomatoes for those Distrito Cantina tacos!
Menus in the new restaurants will rehash concepts Garces has tried out in other cities, such as Distrito Cantina's mahi mahi tacos, tuna ceviche, and esquites. Burgers will round out the food menu at Village Whiskey and Amada will feature live flamenco performances.
Speaking in a recent interview with FOX News Latino, Garces said:
"It might sound strange, but with the purchase and renovation of my family’s farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I think I’ve learned the value of a retreat, of a place to step back and enjoy what I’ve achieved."
Well, that's good that he has a place to go back to. Atlantic City isn't exactly what we'd call a "retreat." Then again, Revel was never intended to be a 'casino' as such, just a "lifestyle resort with a casino." Two different things, right?