Bart Blatstein Previews ‘The Playground’ In AC

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by Bonnie Squires

Bart Blatstein has created a new magnet to attract crowds to Atlantic City: The Playground.  He previewed the first floor, T Street, last Thursday night, and wowed the huge crowds with his transformation of the back half of the first floor of what had been The Pier Shops at Caesars into seven different but inter-connected pub restaurants with performing space in each one.

There is a different theme and menu for each of the restaurants, and the catering is all done by Chef Jose Garces. Butlered hors d’oeuvres were offered for hours last Thursday as servers roamed the restaurants and hallways.

At the media preview, there were musical groups performing in every single space.  You can find something for every musical taste, from rock to country to folk to blues, and everything in between.  And at the very end of the pier there is a 2000-seat concert venue, called 39 North, which will book major musical acts, thanks to Philly-based music promoter Bonfire Entertainment.

FROM LEFT, Barbara Cohen, France Tessier, Roberta Muchnick and Gert Novin round off their busy day, after participating in the JAFCO cards and luncheon fundraiser down the shore, with a visit to Bart Blatstein's T Street preview.  Gert Novin, by the way, is married to J. Edward Kline, the former mayor of Brigantine and former State Assemblyman, who accompanied his wife. Photo by Bonnie Squires

FROM LEFT, Barbara Cohen, France Tessier, Roberta Muchnick and Gert Novin round off their busy day, after participating in the JAFCO cards and luncheon fundraiser down the shore, with a visit to Bart Blatstein’s T Street preview. Gert Novin, by the way, is married to J. Edward Kline, the former mayor of Brigantine and former State Assemblyman, who accompanied his wife. Photo by Bonnie Squires

BART BLATSTEIN and Atlantic City Council President Frank Gilliam, Jr., are all smiles at the wildly successful press preview last Thursday night of T Street, the music venues at The Playground, formerly "Caesars Pier Shops."  Photo by Bonnie Squires

BART BLATSTEIN and Atlantic City Council President Frank Gilliam, Jr., are all smiles at the wildly successful press preview last Thursday night of T Street, the music venues at The Playground, formerly “Caesars Pier Shops.” Photo by Bonnie Squires

FROM LEFT, Bernadette Twardy and Wendy Ruden, Atlantic City natives, had met when they each served fifteen years as hostesses for Miss America contestants. Photo by Bonnie Squires

FROM LEFT, Bernadette Twardy and Wendy Ruden, Atlantic City natives, had met when they each served fifteen years as hostesses for Miss America contestants. Photo by Bonnie Squires

ATLANTIC City President Frank Gilliam, Jr., heaps praise upon developer Bart Blatstein and his partner, the architect Paul Steelman, for their vision and courage in bringing back to life what is now called "The Playground" on the boardwalk across from Caesars. Photo by Bonnie Squires

ATLANTIC City President Frank Gilliam, Jr., heaps praise upon developer Bart Blatstein and his partner, the architect Paul Steelman, for their vision and courage in bringing back to life what is now called “The Playground” on the boardwalk across from Caesars. Photo by Bonnie Squires

David Lipson, Chairman and CEO of  PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, and his wife Susan are very pleased with the new look of T Street. Photo by Bonnie Squires

David Lipson, Chairman and CEO of PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, and his wife Susan are very pleased with the new look of T Street. Photo by Bonnie Squires

The PUBLIC RECORD'S Cassie Hepler, right, and her BFF Deidre Tracy are among the hundreds of Atlantic City natives descending on T Street. Photo by Bonnie Squires

The PUBLIC RECORD’S Cassie Hepler, right, and her BFF Deidre Tracy are among the hundreds of Atlantic City natives descending on T Street.
Photo by Bonnie Squires

LYNETTE Brown Sow, center, vice president of Community College of Philadelphia, brings her "posse": Gloria Johnson, left, and  Josie DiGregorio to the party. Photo by Bonnie Squires

LYNETTE Brown Sow, center, vice president of Community College of Philadelphia, brings her “posse”: Gloria Johnson, left, and Josie DiGregorio to the party.
Photo by Bonnie Squires

HARVEY Rovinsky, the CEO of  Robbins Jewelry stores, is at T Street opening with his friend Hersh Kozlov, Esq., of Duane Morris.  Could Rovinsky be thinking of opening still another jewelry store in Atlantic City? Photo by Bonnie Squires

HARVEY Rovinsky, the CEO of Robbins Jewelry stores, is at T Street opening with his friend Hersh Kozlov, Esq., of Duane Morris. Could Rovinsky be thinking of opening still another jewelry store in Atlantic City? Photo by Bonnie Squires

ONE OF THE many musical groups which took to the stages in each restaurant on T Street last week, prior to the major concert in 39 N, featuring Brother Joscephus, at the very end of the pier. Photo by Bonnie Squires

ONE OF THE many musical groups which took to the stages in each restaurant on T Street last week, prior to the major concert in 39 N, featuring Brother Joscephus, at the very end of the pier.
Photo by Bonnie Squires

IT SEEMS as if the whole world descended on The Playground for the T Street preview! photo by Bonnie Squires

IT SEEMS as if the whole world descended on The Playground for the T Street preview!
photo by Bonnie Squires

FROM LEFT, Paul Steelman, architect; Bart Blatstein and Atlantic City Council President Frank Gilliam are overjoyed at the positive response to the opening of the T Street section of The Playground. Steelman, who was born and raised in Atlantic City, is a world-famous architect who teamed with Blatstein to make the vision a reality. Photo by Bonnie Squires

FROM LEFT, Paul Steelman, architect; Bart Blatstein and Atlantic City Council President Frank Gilliam are overjoyed at the positive response to the opening of the T Street section of The Playground. Steelman, who was born and raised in Atlantic City, is a world-famous architect who teamed with Blatstein to make the vision a reality. Photo by Bonnie Squires

The Playground Logo is  revealed instead of a ribbon-cutting at Bart Blatstein's T Street preview last week.  There are still shops and fancy restaurants at what was formerly known as The Pier Shops at Caesars, but Blatstein will be working on The Playground till New Year's. Photo by Bonnie Squires

The Playground Logo is revealed instead of a ribbon-cutting at Bart Blatstein’s T Street preview last week. There are still shops and fancy restaurants at what was formerly known as The Pier Shops at Caesars, but Blatstein will be working on The Playground till New Year’s. Photo by Bonnie Squires

 

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