It's the big 30 for Caesars Atlantic City this year, and the longtime casino giant is making sure it celebrates in style with a month-long party full of great offers and cool events.
Take a trip down memory lane in the hotel lobby as Caesars displays 30 years worth of memorabilia, a milestone timeline and photos of the property and events dating back to June 26, 1979, when the casino opened its doors.
While there, guests will be able to pose for pictures with Caesar and Cleopatra, who will be strolling the property every weekend. The royal duo will appear 2 p.m. to midnight Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. They will also partake in a parade that will wind its way from the Boardwalk to the second floor of Caesars at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. June 26 to 28.
Dining, of course, will also play a big part in the festivities with restaurant deals inside Caesars and at The Pier at Caesars priced at either $19.79 or $30.
Mia, Georges Perrier's and Chris Scarduzio's popular Mediterranean bistro, is offering a $30 prix-fixe menu with soup or salad, choice of roasted Atlantic salmon or grilled free range chicken and choice of butterscotch buddino or cr�me brulee for $30 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays throughout June.
La Piazza Buffet will be $19.79 after 4:30 p.m. every Friday in June.
At Primavera, the gourmet Italian restaurant, a lobster with pasta special can be had for $30 every Monday in June.
The gourmet steakhouse, Nero's Grille, is featuring a New York Strip Steak special for $30 every Thursday in June.
Kwi, the Asian restaurant on the casino floor, offers a prix-fixe lunch for $30 Mondays through Thursdays that includes lobster fried rice, beef and Chinese broccoli and lettuce wraps.
For drinks, check out the casino-floor bar Toga for a top-shelf tequila tasting with three shots of Tres Generation Tequela (Blanco, Anejao and Resposado) for $30 Mondays through Thursdays.
In The Pier from June 26 to 28, Phillips Seafood is offering three entrees for $19.70 each: roasted Amish chicken; fried shrimp and fries; and shrimp scampi and linguini. Add a bottle of Relax Riesling, Santa Ema Sauvignon, Jargon Pinot Noir or Cellar 8 Merlot for another $19.79.
For some serious partying, check out the 30th anniversary hotel package. For $149 Mondays to Thursdays in June, stay in a deluxe guest room and receive a $60 dining credit for Primavera's lobster special or Mia's prix-fixe dinner. The package also includes a pair of pearl earrings.
For a more casual night out, check out "Caesars Classic Cinema," which will offer movies from 1979 on the beach for free. Bring your beach chair or blanket and check out "Kramer vs. Kramer" (June 4), "Being There" (June 11), "All That Jazz" (June 18) and "Rocky II" (June 25).
The big headliner attraction is the triple-bill of Paul Anka, Ann-Margret and Tony Orlando, who will perform together for the first time in Caesars' Circus Maximus Theater 9 p.m. June 26. Tickets are $55 to $105.
Shopping discounts and $19.79 and $30 specials will also be available at Caesars and Pier stores including Andre, The Art of Shaving, BCBG MAXAZARIA, BEBE, Betsey Johnson, Bottega Veneta, Cache, Charles David, Chicos, Coach, Geox, It's Sugar, Judith Ripka, Quiksilver, Tommy Bahama, Tourneau, Tous and more.
If it wasn't for gambling, Caesars wouldn't be here at all, so it's no surprise the 30th anniversary will include a giant slot giveaway worth $1 million. Total Rewards cardholders will have a chance to win their share of $30,000 that will be offered every day in June. Swipe your card - available free at the Total Rewards Center - at a promotional kiosk between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily to see if you've won. Sundays are really the day to go as one player will have a chance to win $25,000.
Comedian and magicians Penn & Teller, who performed three shows at Harrah's Resort over Memorial Day weekend - their first in the city in eight years - started off the weekend by performing a levitation trick for free in front of Bally's Atlantic City to promote their shows. They certainly weren't hermits while in A.C. The duo stopped at White House Subs for some Friday afternoon lunch, checked out Reflections at Harrah's after their Friday night show (dining on opposite sides of the room), and even rolled the "First Official Bet of the 2009 Summer" at a Harrah's craps table with reality star Kim Kardashian ("Keeping Up with the Kardashians"), who appeared at The Pool on Saturday with fellow reality celeb Brittany Gastineau ("Gastineau Girls"). The girls were found scooping out ice cream in the wee hours of the morning at Ben & Jerry's in the Taste of the Shore food court. Apparently, the girls weren't watching calories.
Members of the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants also turned up at The Pool on Saturday. Eagles tight end Brent Celek, backup quarterback A.J. Feeley, defensive end Trent Cole and lineman Todd Herremans were joined by some other Eagles as well as Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Over at the House of Blues, Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis hit the turntables in the Foundation Room, where he was guest celebrity DJ for the Korn afterparty.
And members of Buckcherry partied in the Foundation Room after their show at HOB last week. Instead of hanging alone in a Prayer Room after the concert, they rocked the room by mingling with members and fans, taking photos, signing autographs and partying.
Resorts' gallery debuts
The "Boogie Nights Rock & Pop Art Gallery" debuts on Saturday, May 30.
The gallery will feature the art of Mark Weiss every Saturday night through June 27. One of the leading music industry photographers will be on hand to discuss his works, which will be available for purchase. The gallery will be open 6 p.m. to midnight in the Horizon Room near Boogie Nights.
Megan's Good Grub & Pub is open on the Boardwalk in the former Opa space at the corner of Illinois Avenue near Brighton Park.
The city's first American gastropub promises to deliver "the hippest new bar/restaurant concept that is overtaking the trendiest neighborhoods of Philadelphia and New York," said a press release from Pinnacle Atlantic City, which is the owner of the restaurant.
Pinnacle enlisted the services of Joel Dincher to serve as general manager and executive chef. Dincher, the former executive chef of the Sands' Brighton Steakhouse, will offer a menu that will be affordable and creative, focusing on modern twists of comfort food favorites.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Bar hours are to midnight Sundays to Thursdays, until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 609-289-8950 or go to www.megansgoodgrubandpub.com.
- Scott Cronick