Margate and Atlantic City Restaurants Battle Public Safety and Lock-Down Challenges.

Ventura’s Greenhouse on the beach in Margate reports via social media: The health & safety of our patrons, employees and surrounding community is our top priority. Ventura’s Greenhouse will remain closed until further notice for cleaning purposes.

A Ventura employee tested positive for Covid, and as of right now, is doing well. Restaurants are about community and we strive to be a place where people feel safe and well taken care of.

Dino’s Subs in Margate informed everyone via their social media page that Dino’s will remain closed until October 14, all due to a Covid-19 exposure. That date is two weeks from contact of a positive exposure.

Dino’s contacted the Board of Health immediately for guidance and are taking every precaution to keep employees and customers safe. Dino’s will take this time to clean and sanitize the complete store.

Not all employees were in contact with the exposure, but we feel this is the best way to proceed.

Dino’s

Tomatoes recently posted this message: Dear friends, We have had an employee test positive for Covid. We took immediate action – closed to sanitize and tested employees who had been in close contact. Gratefully, we have had no one else test positive. Obviously the employee will be in quarantine for two weeks.

We continue to operate under strict sanitary guidelines for both our facility and our employees. Thank you for your continued patronage. Your health and safety is our top priority.

Robert’s Place, On September 21, they decided to close due to a member of the staff tested positive for C-19. They’re doing well and appear to have a mild case.

RP’s played it safe and had the place professionally cleaned and sanitized. Being extra cautious, Robert’s gave it one more week. They re-opened on Friday OCT 2.

Buddakan & Continental To Close in Atlantic City.

In other restaurant news, restaurateur Stephen Starr will permanently close his popular Buddakan and Continental restaurants on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Located inside Playground Pier, Buddakan and Continental have been had shuttered since March 2020 due to C-19 health concerns.

Opening at 25% capacity was not enough to keep Starr going in Atlantic City.

Atlantic City boardwalk crime, recent riots and looting, combined with less tourism and no conventions, likely contributed to the decision.

Steven Starr still runs restaurants in Philadelphia, New York, Washington and Paris.

Playground Pier sits across the Boardwalk from Caesars casino. Once owned by developer Bart Blatstein, the pier is now owned by Caesars.

Many Playground Pier stores have been empty for years.

Two years ago, the always crowded APPLE store inside Playground Pier closed. Even with a newly opened Stockton University and hundreds of students in town, APPLE was no longer interested in operating in Atlantic City. Likely due to AC’s problematic crime rate. Same goes for KFC that recently exited Atlantic City due to challenges related to loitering, homelessness and petty crime in the area.

Online gaming is another possible reason why foot traffic in Atlantic City has seen a greater decline over the last 2 years, negatively affecting local business and eateries.

14 thoughts on “Margate and Atlantic City Restaurants Battle Public Safety and Lock-Down Challenges.”

  1. Atlantic City is SLUM. FACE IT! until they rid themselves of homeless. Bums..and seedy blocks around the boardwalk it will never ever be able to survive. It’s only a matter of time.

  2. It is so unfortunate – NO one, young or old, male or female, local or vacationer can make it a block down that boardwalk, day or night, without being solicited for change, a dollar, a cigarette, etc. at LEAST 3 times – and this is a generous evaluation – and it is intimidating, annoying, and sometimes threatening. This panhandling needs to end now.

  3. Governor Murphy did not listen when I told him about the throngs of kids on the beaches, in Margate, at night during the summer and on weekends. They do not wear masks nor do they social distance. Please do not tell me that they are all Covid negative and do you know to whom they transmitted the virus? That’s okay, no one knows that answer.
    Let the police do their job and impose a curfew on these kids. Oh, I’m sorry, a poor excuse for an attorney got a poor excuse for a judge to declare a curfew unconstitutional.
    Here’s a novel idea. How about having the adults actually be parents and get their kids home at a decent hour and they won’t have to worry about their daughters being groped and assaulted on the beaches. And you can cut down the transmission of Covid-19 at the same time.

  4. SherriStinkinSeeley

    AC is a slum filled with drug addicts and welfare mongers. They literally bus them in by the hour on the hour. It will never thrive until someone shuts the system down.

  5. First things first In Atlantic City. The surrounding areas near the casinos need to be made crime free. How do you do that, get the State to buy up all the seedy properties & bulldoze them. You don’t need to be a genius to know that those people hanging out & committing crimes live in them. CRIME & DRUGS must go, & whatever it takes by the State must be done. NO EXCUSES

  6. I’ve been to Atlantic City 5 times this year have not had one problem or solicitation. Don’t know what you people are talking about, it’s a wonderful place to go to beach and gamble.

  7. Some of these comments regarding crime and panhandling are way overblown and I’m gonna bet most folks posting here rarely make their way past Jackson Ave. Agreed, many parts of AC do not bear a resemblance to the sheltered environs of Downbeach. There are bad parts of AC like any city, and if you want to just focus on the bad, that’s your problem.

    I walk and ride my bike almost every weekend on the AC boardwalk, I visit the casinos, and patronize the local stores and restaurants. I even found a great barbershop, Rafaels on Ventnor Ave. Since Memorial Day, I was solicited by a panhandler maybe two times. However when I traveled to Chicago for business, I was hit up at least 5x a day.

    As for the riots in May, these were the product of Steve Young, a community organizer who told his followers to go window shopping at the Outlets. I’m sure many folks have seen videos of the looting, most of those arrested were not from AC.

    As for Buddakan and Continental closing, it should be noted that Phillips and Souzai closed earlier this year. But it’s not crime and looting that contributed to this, it rests solely on Covid and the operating restrictions that go with it.

    And if you think I’m a wide eyed Pollyanna, just read trip reports from some of the travel sites like TripAdvisor and other forums.

    Bottom line: Atlantic City drew about 25 million visitors a year and casinos generated $3 Billion in gambling revenue before Covid. If things were as bad as some commenters suggest, folks wouldn’t visit.

  8. AC has changed dramatically in the last 10 yrs..we have the Good..the Bad..and the Ugly.

    The Casinos (the Good)..bring people to town..$$$..the the town desperately needs…

    The Bad… Politicians…who don’t give a damn for the Homeless.. the Addicts…the Long time Residents..or Employees in AC…and brush off the issues..so they can remain revelate..but do nothing to help remove the drugs…addicts..and crime.

    How about using some of the $$ from Casino’s and closed properties to provide Safe Affordable Housing for the Homeless instead of a Water park..or Shopping Mall??

    The Ugly are the places in AC…that promote Sex..Strip Clubs… Illegal Escort Services..etc…who promo underaged young women and young men.. possibly trafficked…many exploited…who are LGBTQ.

    AC can be restored to it’s former self when it was a Safe Clean Entertainment Town for Adults and a Beautiful Shore Town with Boardwalks Restaurants and Beaches to bring your children and family…
    If only we had the right officials in place in AC..who want to make a change..and care about this Amazing shore town..it’s Residents.. Visitors and Employees…

    We don’t need New People and Businesses coming into town to exploit AC further. We need to fix what’s wrong here first.

  9. J deliver food down there. I am out there 3am in the morning and I can not believe that people are walking around smoking pot and trying to fight everyone. They park on state street like they own it.Really pathetic. I agree with the person saying hardrock and ocean.moving. I think ac better get there act together quickly.

  10. WHY HAS NO ONE HAD THE COURAGE TO CALL OUT BOCCA FOR THEIR DEPLORABLE VIOLATION OF ALL THE CDC RULES AND REGULATIONS WITH REGARD TO COVID.

    OUR DISTINGUISHED GOVERNOR WILLK CALL OUT A RELIGIOUS SERVICE IF THERE IS MORE THEN 10 PEOPLE. I HAVE WITNESSED CROWDS OF MORE THEN 100 PEOPLE VIOLATING FACE MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCAL. WORSE IS THE CLOSING DOWN STREETS – WHICH IS A MAJOR SAFETY VIOLATION – GOD FORBID THERE IS A FIRE – THE TRUCKS HAVE TO GO AROUND A FEW BLOCKS TO GET THROUGH THE STRUCTURES IMPOSED – SECONDS CAUSE DEATHS.

    “WHO PAID WHO TO GET THIS APPROVED? WHY DO I KEEP UP GETTING THE ANSWERE “BECKER AND HIS SQUAD”

    WHY HASN’T POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS OBJECTED TO THESE VIOLATIONS OF PUBLIC SAFETY VIOLATIONS. HOW ABOUT THE HOMEOWNERS ON ESSEX? NO SUCH AMENITIES ARE AFFORDED THE SAME BENEFITS OF VIOLATING THE LAW. THERE FOOD IS CERTAINLY NOT THE REASON CROWDS GO THERE.

    COME ON POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS – MAKE THEM ACCOUNTABLE TO THE SAME LAWS THAT YOU APPLY TO THE OTHER RESTAURANTS AND OTHER BUSINESSES IN TOWN

  11. Same situation at The Red Room. They have tied up streets to turn into a dining room causing locals a big headache.
    Like Bocca, whom did they pay off to be able to do this??

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