ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The gambling might be gone from two Atlantic City casinos built by President-elect Donald Trump, but the restaurants connected with them are banking on the diners remaining.
The Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza are now shuttered and dark, having been shut down by Trump's successors. But each has a surviving destination restaurant trying to stay afloat without the casino traffic that once kept customers streaming through the doors.
Hard Rock International CEO Jim Allen promises he'll keep the Hard Rock Cafe at the Taj Mahal open, saving 107 jobs.
Farther down the Boardwalk, the Rainforest Cafe at the former Trump Plaza is also welcoming customers.
Business will be challenging: Allen says the Atlantic City Hard Rock will operate at a loss, but the company is willing to tolerate it.