Hard Rock Cafe

Now we know why the Hard Rock Cafe at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort stayed open — the entire building is now the property of Hard Rock international.

2007: The Seminole Indian tribe buys Hard Rock International for $965 million, acquiring 124 Hard Rock Cafes (including one in Atlantic City), five hotels, two casino hotels and Hard Rock Live! concert venues.

2010: Hard Rock International announces plans to develop a signature music-themed casino hotel on the Boardwalk at the foot of the city’s Route 40 entryway.

October 2010: The state Senate approves so-called “boutique” casino legislation that allows smaller casino projects that don’t meet a 500-room minimum, clearing the way for the proposed Hard Rock project.

November 2011: Hard Rock President and CEO Jim Allen tells the Casino Control Commission that Hard Rock plans to start construction by July 2012 and will open in spring 2014.

September 2012: Hard Rock’s project stalls after it decides not to make a $1 million payment to the state for its casino-license application.

April 2013: Hard Rock buys a stake in the Meadowlands Racetrack.

March 2014: State documents confirm Hard Rock remains interested in Atlantic City and is one of several potential buyers for Revel.

January 2015: Hard Rock wins approval from the Casino Control Commission for a statement of compliance, a preliminary step for a full-fledged casino license needed to operate in Atlantic City.

June 2015: Hard Rock unveils plans for a $1 billion, 650,000-square-foot property at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The plan calls for 200 gambling tables and 5,000 slot machines.

November 2016: New Jersey voters shoot down a proposal to expand casino gaming outside Atlantic City, a crippling blow to Hard Rock’s plan for the Meadowlands Racetrack.

March 1, 2017: Hard Rock announces plans to buy and renovate the closed Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort property.

— Steve Hughes

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