Hard Rock Atlantic City to Open in Summer 2018 – Trump Taj Mahal will be Gone

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort opened to much fanfare in 1990. But this will soon be a memory as contractors are currently replacing it with the upcoming Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Construction crews have been busy removing the onion domes and ruby-red minarets that characterized the Taj Mahal. They’ve also managed to remove […]

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort opened to much fanfare in 1990. But this will soon be a memory as contractors are currently replacing it with the upcoming Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Construction crews have been busy removing the onion domes and ruby-red minarets that characterized the Taj Mahal. They’ve also managed to remove the six 2-ton elephants that once stood by the entrance.

“It’s a transformation every day when you walk through there,” said Matt Harkness, president of Hard Rock Atlantic City. “Nobody is standing still. We are moving at 100 miles per hour.”

According to the Press of Atlantic City, the Trump Taj Mahal has been stripped of all its iconic decorations and now remains a nondescript building.

“We are through most of the interior demolition,” said Joe Jingoli, a partner in the project. “Outside you see a lot of the domes and stuff coming off it.”

An Expensive Renovation

Jim Allen, Hard Rock International chairman, said that his group will spend $30 million in total to remove the Taj Mahal’s signage. He also joked that President Donald Trump created a “hell of a theme.”

The group, which also includes Jingoli and investor Jack Morris, will put over $500 million into the complete renovation project. And Harkness is glad to finally see some Hard Rock signs going up after the tear-down.

“We’ve spent a lot time taking signs down, and now we are putting one up,” he said. “We have been doing a lot of demolition; now we are doing the building.”

What will Hard Rock Offer?

When it’s finished, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City will feature two performance arenas, combining for over 7,000 seats. The property will also feature over 2,400 slot machines, and a Hard Rock Cafe restaurant that seats up to 400 people.

The casino’s opening date has been pushed back somewhat. But it’s expected to launch in the summer of 2018.

 

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