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Food & Hospitality

An artist’s rendering of the Meadowlands Sports Complex

Meeting needs

Local officials have drawn up plans to tear down the retired 20,000-seat Meadowlands Arena and replace it with a new 460,000 square-foot space that would host conventions, trade shows and conferences, as well as children’s and amateur sporting events and graduations, among other events. 

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‘My dream came true’

Cesar Cardenas started washing dishes at Rumson’s Salt Creek Grille at age 18 in 2001, months after arriving to New Jersey from Ecuador. This year, 20 years later, he became executive chef.

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Police Security Expo at the Atlantic City Convention Center, Aug. 24 and 25. Courtesy of Meet AC

Turning out

Over the course of a typical weekend, tens of thousands of guests descend upon Atlantic City, with its nine casino hotels and varied restaurant, retail and hospitality offerings. That’s a problem this year: Although the delta variant outbreaks of the late summer and early fall have begun to trail off, public health officials are nonetheless warning of COVID-19 spikes from holiday gatherings, and a “twindemic” of the flu season.

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