Saturday, July 19, 2008

Chelsea Atlantic City Opens; Stephen Starr Is There; His Restaurants To Follow Shortly

stephen starr at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the chelsea hotel atlantic city with jon corzine and curtis bashawThe Chelsea Hotel Atlantic City debuted yesterday with a splashy opening ceremony that included Governor Corzine among others.

Stephen Starr was on hand and, in addition to getting to help cut the ribbon (above), had the honor of hosting the post-ribbon-cutting reception in Chelsea Prime (below), offering a sneak peek at his retro-mod steakhouse set to open in a little more than a week on the hotel’s fifth floor.

Starr is also doing a second restaurant on the property's first floor that will be called Teplitzky’s, taking the name of the hotel’s original incarnation — “a kosher resort that catered mostly to Jewish guests.” With the name and motif of the first floor restaurant, Starr is paying a little homage “to a landmark he appreciated in his formative years. ‘I grew up here every summer. I worked on the boardwalk and often came to Teplitzky's,’ Starr said.”

stephen starr at chelsea prime in atlantic city
The semi-circular banquettes look out on the Atlantic Ocean

This is a soft opening period for the hotel as many of the amenities are not yet operating, restaurants included.

Both restaurants, Chelsea Prime and Teplitzky’s, are looking to open next week on July 28 in time for the hotel’s hard opening in August.

Meanwhile, the soft opening will allow you to book a luxe king ocean view room on a weekend for $230 per night compared to $490 for the same room on an August weekend.

Chelsea formally opens its doors to the public [ Courier Post ]
New Atlantic City hotel features lots of luxe but no slot machines or blackjack tables [ Press of Atlantic City ]

A sneak peek at the bar at Chelsea Prime

[ All photos via the Courier Post ]

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