ATLANTIC CITY — The Hard Rock Cafe located in the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort will be closing Oct. 5, according to state-mandated notices filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
“The Hard Rock Cafe is expected to close its facility due to the loss of its lease, the closing of the Trump Taj Mahal,” according to the notice.
Last week, 2,848 employees of the Taj Mahal were notified they would be laid off on Oct. 10. Taj Mahal management blamed striking Unite Here Local 54 workers for preventing a “path to profitability.”
More than a 1,000 union members have been on strike since July 1 after a contract impasse with Taj Mahal management.
The 105 employees at the Hard Rock Cafe received the notices Thursday afternoon, according to state records. Under state law, notices must be given to employees 60 days before the closing of the facility.
“At this time, Hard Rock International is looking into options that would allow Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City to remain open,” according to a statement from Hard Rock International. “Notices, required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, were issued to employees given the recent announcement of closure made by the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. These notices provide employees with appropriate advance notice of the possibility of Taj Mahal closure and events that may cause the closure of Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City.”
Hard Rock opened in the Taj Mahal in November 1996 amid great fanfare over its hallmark rock memorabilia -- red leather shoes worn by Michael Jackson, a black leather vest worn by Steppenwolf's John Kay, and Mick Jagger's studded vest.
Last year, more than 73 employees of the Hard Rock Cafe received job loss notices as the Taj Mahal went through bankruptcy proceedings. The establishment has since remained opened.
The Taj Mahal would be the city's fifth casino to close since 2014.
Two years ago, the city's casino industry was decimated by the closings of Showboat Casino Hotel on Aug. 31, Revel on Sept. 2 and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on Sept. 16. The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel closed earlier that year, taking with it 1,600 jobs.