hand-painted mural of a Garden State
vista (the Mullica River in the fishing department, the Pine Barrens in the hunting section). A 13,000-gallon freshwater
aquarium with a two-story waterfall is
stocked with 100 Jersey-specific fish,
including large- and smallmouth bass,
brook trout and northern pike.
Back at the Boardwalk, an ambitious
makeover of the former Caesars Pier
Shops has been set in motion by Tower
Investments, which purchased the property—once valued at $200 million—for
$2.7 million in November 2014.
The 500,000-square-foot Pier
Shops—redubbed the Playground—will
still offer sweeping ocean views, high-end shops (Tommy Bahama, Apple,
Louis Vuitton) and Stephen Starr’s
Buddakan restaurant. In recent years,
the Pier has seemed a ghost town. Tower
CEO Bart Blatstein is determined to
change that. On Memorial Day weekend
he plans to re-open the first floor of the
Along with swank retailers, the
Playground’s revived first floor—entered
on the same level as the Boardwalk—will
house music clubs featuring rock, jazz,
folk and R&B. A large central stage will
host local and national performers. The
second and third floors, projected for
completion by November, will add a
bowling alley and a sports lounge. Two
pools are planned, one on the beach itself
and the other mounted on the part of the
pier that extends over the rolling surf.
Steps away, the iconic Steel Pier
amusement park has put on a fresh face,
expanding by 30,000 square feet. Fourteen new rides have been added—
including a 200-foot-high observation wheel.
The tallest such ride in New Jersey, it
offers sweeping views of Atlantic City
shoreline and skyline.
In February, Caesars brought a
celebrity chef to town, or at least a
huge, 290-seat restaurant bearing his
name. The Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
hopes to duplicate the success it has
enjoyed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The famously persnickety star of Fox’s
Kitchen Nightmares has a fleet of restaurants, high and low. This one aims to
be a classy English pub, with more than
30 beers on tap. The menu, overseen
by chef La Tasha McCutchen, winner
Draperies & Shades • Blinds & Shutters • Bedding & Reupholstery • Fabrics
We are delighted to welcome
HGTV Celebrity Designer Vern Vip.
Vern has designed a new exclusive collection of beautiful drapery and
upholstery fabrics for Trend - a division of Fabricut. Please join us for this
VERY special event and ONE DAY SALE! There is no fee to attend, but
seating is limited and registration is required.
Please RSVP to 908-755-4700.
VERN YIP is coming to Fabricland!
Thursday - June 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm
855 Route 22 West
North Plainfield, NJ 07060
586 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, New Jersey 08873