It took a little longer than planned, but Golden Nugget Atlantic City is finally ready to party.
When national restaurant conglomerate Landry's Inc. of Houston bought Trump Marina last May, the plan was the $150 million re-do of the bayside gambling den would be completed by the end of last year. Regulatory red tape pushed the date back to February, but more time was needed. Now, all systems are "go" for a four-day Grand Opening bash that commences Thursday.
On that day, Landry's owner Tilman Fertitta will preside over a ribbon cutting ceremony topped by the presentation of a commemorative cake baked by TV's "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro.
April 27 will feature free performances by The Fearless Flores Family, a motorcycle stunt team, Tino Ferreira, the "Rolla Bolla balancing man" and BMX stunt rider, Terry Adams.
The April 28 agenda includes a performance by Valastro (tickets must be purchased), more stunts from the Flores Family and Ferreira, a street bike demonstration by Aaron Colton, a scotch-and-cigar-tasting event and a fireworks display.
The weekend wraps up April 29 with performances by the Floreses and Adams.
There will also be ticketed musical appearances: The April 27 headliner is rockers Third Eye Blind. The next night Whoopi Goldberg yuks it up in The Grand ballroom while Pink Floyd tribute act extraordinaire, The Machine, spaces out in The Showroom. April 29's headliner is country veterans, The Oak Ridge Boys. For tickets and more information, call 866-746-5336 , or go to www.goldennugget.com/atlanticcity.
As for other AyCee headliners this weekend, ventriloquism fans will no doubt want to be at Trump Taj Mahal Saturday night as Vegas headliner Terry Fator returns to town with his posse of wooden sidekicks. In case you've forgotten, Fator was the second-season "America's Got Talent" winner. He parlayed that into what is reported to be a five-year, nine-figure deal with the Mirage hotel on the Vegas Strip.
Show time is 8 p.m. Admission is $45 and $29. For tickets, call 800-736-1420, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.
On the other end of the entertainment spectrum there is the indie rock band Trapt, the latest act to play a free show at the Party Pit inside Showboat Atlantic City's House of Blues casino.
Show time is 10 p.m., but fans are encouraged to get there early in order to secure a good vantage point. It probably goes without saying you must be at least 21 to join the party.
The Palm Restaurant at Tropicana Atlantic City is presenting a dinner theater event through the rest of the month. For $75, you get a three-course meal and a two-act comedy called "The Mind with the Dirty Man."
Show times are 5 p.m. Sunday, 6 p.m. Monday and April 30 and 2 p.m. April 29. For info and reservations (required), call 609-344-0483, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Jersey state gaming regulators have approved a plan by Resorts Atlantic City to issue $25 (green) chips in honor of former co-owner/CEO Dennis Gomes, who died in February from complications related to dialysis treatment.