Borgata Gears Up for Growth

(Originally published October 20, 2005)

Atlantic City, N.J. — Borgata, the twoyear- old casino hotel that helped set a new standard for Atlantic City properties, is slowly revealing details of a $200 million expansion plan that will add about 20,000 square feet of meeting space, new restaurants and 800 guestrooms.

The first new Atlantic City casino-hotel in 13 years, Borgata opened in 2003 as the first property here that is similar to modern destination resorts in Las Vegas.

The expansion, conceptualized quickly afterwards, will unfold in phases over the next 21/2 years. It will be designed to build on the already healthy market Borgata has found serving mainly corporate meetings, said sales director Bob Franklin.

The first phase, set to open next summer, will feature three new restaurants run by renowned chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck, all of them with private dining rooms available for corporate functions. Also to open is an expanded casino with 600 new slots, 36 tables and an 85-table poker room.

The additional meeting space will come toward the end of 2007 when Borgata completes a second hotel tower of 45 floors with 800 rooms, giving it a total of 2,800 rooms, Franklin said. Borgata has 70,000 square feet of meeting and function space now, which has proven to be a key in attracting a growing number of groups, mostly from companies based in the Boston-to-Washington corridor.

"We've been very pleased with the corporate sector," Franklin said. "They've found our facility to be an alternative to Las Vegas."