• Friday , 26 May 2017

Check out the VIP Grand Opening of T Street at The Playground in Atlantic City, N.J.

Photo story by Lou Perri
With 90,000 square feet of fun and food ready to rock this summer, the old Pier Shops at Caesars are a distant memory in Atlantic City, N.J. at The Playground.
Bart Blatstein, CEO of Tower Investments and developer of The Playground unveiled Thursday night that the first phase of redevelopment has been completed – an entire week before initially thought.  The Playground is unlike anything else on the East Coast as a refreshing non-gambling atmosphere, a place where shopping, dining and entertainment all come together to give guests an incredible experience.
It almost has that New Orleans feel where guests can navigate around – with drink and/or food in hand – to different bars with different vibes and genre-specific bands.
Essential to Blatstein’s plan for The Playground is having live music at all of the venues on T Street.  T Street is music row in Nashville, Beale Street in Memphis, and 6th Street in Austin all rolled into one street in Atlantic City at The Playground and celebrates diversity in entertainment.  Blatstein’s partner in the project, world-renowned architect Paul Steelman, brought that vision to life.
T Street begins with the Monkey Bar. The centrally-located, high-tech bar features over 4,000 square feet bar and lounge space with beautiful ocean views on either side. T Street Pubs include TAG, Bo’s, Purdy, 1921 and The Bluey.  39 N is an eclectic music and events space, over 13,500 square feet at the 39th latitude above the equator, which features a state-of-the-art stage, lighting and sound.  
The space accommodates larger national and regional touring acts with a space able to accommodate more than 2,000 guests.  Just outside of 39N will be the Riviera, a beer garden on the pier’s back deck, which opens up 4,000 square feet over the ocean.  The Riviera will open July 4th weekend.
Bonfire Entertainment out of Philadelphia is one the nation’s most acclaimed entertainment companies and has booked the best acts in virtually every music and entertainment genre. Blues, country, rock and even dueling pianos can be heard in any one of the T Street pubs, while bands like George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Gin Blossoms and Badfish will rock out at 39 N.
Garces Events Down the Shore has created a menu that stands up to the best gastro pubs anywhere. There was no shortage of burger samples, poutine inspired french fries (with sausage!), mini flatbreads with shrimp, chicken and pulled pork as well as finger food like fried shrimp, popcorn and spicy peanuts.
The menu and drink offerings tie into the energy and fun of The Playground and T StreetSpecialty cocktails have been created for each venue, celebrating their individual style, and each venue also had different, extensive beer lists. Drink tickets were given to guests who were able to sample some fine and delicious cocktails.
Guests can experience live music at T Street seven days a week, starting next week. Venues along T Street open week nights at 5 pm, with music starting at 8.  The music starts at 2 pm on the weekends and goes through the night. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.   Monkey Bar and The Riviera are open 11 am daily.
39 N has live acts and sporting events booked Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.  For all the upcoming acts and events at T Street follow: T Street – Atlantic City  on Facebook.
Atlantic City Council president  A. Gillian, introduces Bart Blatstein to  invited guests at the Grand Opening of The Playground at Caesars Atlantic City.

Atlantic City Council president A. Gillian, introduces Bart Blatstein to invited guests at the Grand Opening of The Playground at Caesars Atlantic City.

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County executive Dennis  Levinson, center, is seen with invited guests at the Grand Opening.

County executive Dennis Levinson, center, is seen with invited guests at the Grand Opening.

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Cassie Hepler, owner/editor, Explore NJ, tackles some fries in a T-Street venue.

Cassie Hepler, owner/editor, Explore NJ, tackles some fries in a T-Street venue.

At the Grand Opening were Cassie Hepler, right, owner/editor. Explore NJ, and friend at one of the venues at T-Street.

At the Grand Opening were Cassie Hepler, right, owner/editor. Explore NJ, and friend at one of the venues at T-Street.

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As he announces The Playground  is unlike anything else on the East Coast, a curtain is dropped to alow guests to enter The Playground and its surprises.

As he announces The Playground is unlike anything else on the East Coast, a curtain is dropped to alow guests to enter The Playground and its surprises.

Bart Blatstein, developer of The Playground, announced that the first phase of The Playground was completed a week  before initially thought.

Bart Blatstein, developer of The Playground, announced that the first phase of The Playground was completed a week before initially thought.

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