Resorts adding Quick Bites food court this summer

Quick Bites at Resorts will feature five new food vendors.

Everyone may be talking about Margaritaville coming to Resorts Casino Hotel this summer, but there are plenty of other changes coming to the resort in the very near future, as well.

At the top of the list is Quick Bites, a food court with "five outstanding tenants," according to CEO Mark Giannantonio. Located on the casino floor near the entrance/exit for the transportation center and close to the Star Card center, the large space will feature counter service with an adjacent seating area that will be nicely designed to include flat-screen televisions and a contemporary decor.

The tenants are Dunkin' Donuts Express, The Original Soupman, Famous Famiglia Pizzeria, Haagen Dazs ice cream and Ruby's Diner, which will be the flagship location at Quick Bites.

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As you would expect, Dunkin' Donuts will offer everything from their legendary donuts to bagels and sandwiches; the New York-based Famous Famiglia will offer everything from pizza to pasta to sandwiches and Italian specialties; and Haagen Dazs will offer its premier ice cream and sorbets.

But the the most interesting additions will be The Original Soupman and Ruby's Diner.

According to the website, The Original Soupman phenomenon started in 1984 "way before the classic punchline on 'Seinfeld'" - "No Soup for You." New Yorkers would line up - even in freezing temperatures - for the fresh soups. And even though it is now a chain, The Original Soupman still makes small batches with fresh ingredients that the New York Times called "Art, not soup." Created by Al Yeganeh, The Original Soupman rules apply: pick the soup you want, have your money ready and move to the extreme left after ordering. With dozens of recipes, Resorts guests will soon be sampling Italian sausage, seafood chowder, beef chili, veal goulash, gumbo, clam chowders, crab, shrimp, seafood and lobster bisques, butternut squash, chicken corn chowder, jambalaya and even Mulligatawny, an Anglo-Indian broth-based soup with East Indian spices. The Original Soupman will also offer deli-style sandwiches.

Ruby's Diner, billed as the "premiere 1940s diner," started in southern California in 1980 and combines great diner food with 1940s memorabilia and an overall nostalgic decor with bright reds and colorful poster art.

Offering, breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites, Ruby's has earned a reputation for friendly service, high-quality food and reasonable prices. Diners can expect to feast on appetizers, soups, salads, classic burgers, shakes and malts, sandwiches, entrees and more. The closest location is in Ardmore, Pa.

"We really think this project is going to help us move forward from being a casino that doesn't have enough restaurant seats for our guests to a casino that has a well-rounded, balanced roster of tenants and restaurants," Giannantonio says. "The goal was to bring brands that are well recognized and popular from here to California. We are really happy with all of the brands.

Quick Bites is expected to open in July, but that won't be the only changes people will see at Resorts.

Resorts' gourmet Italian restaurant Capriccio recently began offering a tapas menu at the bar, which has been received well by guests, and by Memorial Day, the beautiful outdoor patio at the restaurant will finally be used for outdoor seating, which will offer diners one of the best restaurant views of the ocean and boardwalk in the city. There will also be fresco seating installed in front of the restaurant.

"We think a little seating area there, as well as outside our Breadsticks restaurant, which is right next door, will add a lot to the dining level," Giannantonio says. "On some nights, we can really use the additional seating. We ordered some beautiful furniture, and we think it will look outstanding. And Sundays on that outside patio will be something very special."

Breadsticks and Capriccio will also receive new windows thanks to the Margaritaville facade project.

Downstairs, the Eastwind Noodle Bar will become the Eastwind Chinese Restaurant by the end of April.

"It was once heavily noodle bar-themed, and we wanted to make it a more rounded experience," says Giannantonio, who notes the restaurant will now have its own entrance from the Boardwalk. "It's a whole new team, a whole new menu, and we're excited about it. It will be a very convenient option, and we will also offer a to-go component, as well."

And The Buffet at Resorts recently received an upgrade in all of its food, including the addition of Italian food to "truly make it an international buffet," Giannantonio says. The casino reduced the price to $19.95 and added an option for all-you-can-eat crab legs for $10.

"(Executive Director of Food and Beverage) Ed Batten and his team have really done a great job looking at everything in there and upgrading the experience," Giannantonio says.

"Overall, this is really a transformation for us and we are excited about the ability to offer many more options to our customers. Gallagher's and its Burger Bar are doing great, and we really feel like we now have a great cross-section of food and beverage options that will draw more customers."

Borgata slot tourney

If you're a gambler, check out Borgata's $500,000 guaranteed slot tournament taking place on Saturday, April 20.

But you better be a high roller.

The event, which runs from

4 to 9 p.m. in the Signature Room, requires a $1,000 buy-in, and is the first of its kind in the casino's nearly 10-year history.

Open to anyone with a valid My Borgata card, which is free to obtain, Borgata will give away a guaranteed total of $500,000 in prize money to 100 participants, with the grand prize totaling no less than $250,000.

"We are proud to offer all of our customers the opportunity to take part in this great promotion," says Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo. "Whether you have been with Borgata since its opening in 2003, or this is your first time experiencing our property, this event affords everyone the chance to win potentially life-changing money."

Prizes for the Top 100 winners range from $1,000 to $250,000.

Customers are required to produce two forms of ID along with their My Borgata Card. Call 609-317-7900 to RSVP a session time. Each session will consist of an eight-minute playing period with one re-buy permitted.

Celebrate pretzel day

You probably didn't know this - why would you? - but April 26 is National Pretzel Day, and Caesars Entertainment is celebrating with some specials.

6ix, A Bistro at Bally's Atlantic City will offer $6 pretzel bits and a $15 pretzel burger; Wild About Wings at Bally's will offer $4 pretzel dogs; Cafe Roma at Caesars Atlantic City is featuring $6 pretzel mac and cheese, $10 bacon pretzel grilled cheese and $8 pretzel caramel chocolate chip cheesecake; or indulge in $15 pretzel mac and cheese at Crossroads at Showboat Casino-Hotel.

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