Food & Hospitality

May 3, 2021

Hard Rock investing $20M in Atlantic City upgrades

The overhaul includes renovations of 91 luxury suites, a new Starbucks along the boardwalk, more slots and table games, a new dining outlet, and beach upgrades.

Eric LeGrand at the future site of his Coffee House with Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Caroline Ehrlich. -JEFFREY AUGER
May 3, 2021


The next chapter of Eric LeGrand’s remarkable story is set where it all began, in his hometown of Woodbridge. And in a come-full-circle moment, it takes place in the neighborhood where he lived the first few years of his life, where the former Rutgers University football star is planning to open LeGrand Coffee House downtown later this year.

The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning at Sollberg Airport in Readington Township.
May 3, 2021

Heating up

Under the governor’s latest round of reopening measures, the limit on outdoor gatherings increased to 500 participants. Festivals and state and county fairs can expand to 50% capacity, which is the same as amusement parks. Large outdoor venues with at least 1,000 spots are limited to 50% capacity, a jump from 30% capacity for venues with at least 2,500 seats. Indoor dining, retailers, casinos an[...]

Atlantic City Convention Center. - MEET AC
May 3, 2021

Boardwalk rebound

Atlantic City casino executives say they expect summer tourism to explode this year, citing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, an ebbing pandemic, business re-openings and more outdoor activities that come with warmer weather. Boardwalk attractions, amusement rides, games, dining and entertainment all can be enjoyed outside. “Do I think they’re going to do better this year than last year? Absolutel[...]

AeroFarms vertical farming facility in Newark.
Apr 29, 2021

AeroFarms breaks ground on aeroponic indoor vertical farm in Virginia

The next-generation Model 5 farm will advance the Newark-based company's leadership in plant science and technology, drive continuous innovation and expand its leafy greens business in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Newark Pedestrian Plaza groundbreaking on April 26, 2021 in Jersey City.
Apr 26, 2021

Jersey City breaks ground on $6.7M downtown pedestrian plaza

The expansion includes the addition of a 400-spot parking deck and a 10,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza, which city officials said will “revitalize the commercial corridor and develop open space for community events.”

AeroFarms vertical farming facility in Newark.
Apr 26, 2021

AeroFarms expands Newark headquarters

The vertical farming company is adding 25,000 square feet to its footprint for office space and research and development.

Descendants’ beers give a nod to the owners’ German, Belgian, and British roots.
Apr 26, 2021

History on tap

61 Bridge St. in Milford was built in 1879, this confirmed by the mason and builder’s dated signatures on a recently uncovered stone wall inside, and is home to the state's oldest craft brewery. Now, the former The Ship Inn is rebranding as Descendants Brewing, full of nods to its past as a British pub with stories of its new owners' own history knitted in.

Apr 23, 2021

NJ’s largest arcade opening in Showboat AC next month

Set to feature a 25,000-square-foot sports bar, performance stages, convention and meeting spaces, and a speak-easy that will complement the resort's $100 million, 103,000-square-foot indoor water park currently underway, the gallery will employ 100 people.

Apr 23, 2021

Harrah’s in Atlantic City ramps up dining, nightlife ahead of tourist surge

The announcement comes just days after parent company Caesars Entertainment said it’s spending $170 million to upgrade rooms at Harrah’s and Caesars this summer.

Apr 23, 2021

NJBIZ panel to answer crucial questions facing businesses today

A panel of experts will field your inquiries at a virtual Town Hall on April 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Apr 23, 2021

Caesars buys William Hill sportsbook for $4B

The deal combines two of the premier operations in the sports betting and iGaming industries under one roof.