Just as Atlantic City deals a looming bankruptcy and government shutdown, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is forging ahead with its plans to open a $14 million night club on April 8—the same day the city mayor plans to shutter its City Hall.
The 18,000-square-foot club called Premier was designed by Josh Held, who is behind the Marquee NYC, TAO Las Vegas, and Voyeur Los Angeles. True to Atlantic City extravagance, Premier will feature two 35-foot-long bars, a 6-foot-diameter disco ball, and a 25-foot-diameter chandelier.
It's just one part of the Borgata's $50 million development plan that the hotel revealed in January. It plans to open an outdoor entertainment complex with multiple pools and lounge areas this summer.
The Premier opening comes on the heels of the city's announcement that it would close City Hall from April 8 to May 2. In order to stay open through April, the city needs $7.2 million—about the same amount the Borgata withheld from the city in February.
Atlantic City owes the Borgata more than $170 million in tax refund payments for overpayments.