Though it had only been open for a little more than a year, Central Michel Richard has closed its doors at Atlantic City, New Jersey's troubled new resort and casino Revel. According to a tipster — and confirmed by a Revel spokeswoman — the restaurant closed yesterday, May 5. Per the official statement, Central will be replaced by a hotel-run, 24-hour concept named Relish that was developed "[i]n response to guests' requests for a more economically priced restaurant." It should open by Memorial Day weekend.
Revel has already seen its share of shake-ups in its young life, from Hurricane Sandy-related setbacks to the news earlier this year that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At the time, word was that Revel planned to add "more reasonably priced restaurants" by Memorial Day, so this seems to be in tune with that. As for Michel Richard, the French chef still has his Washington, DC, and Las Vegas locations of Central Michel Richard. Here's the statement from Revel:
In response to guests' requests for a more economically priced restaurant, Revel is developing Relish, a twenty-four hour, three-meal a day restaurant, which is expected to open before Memorial Day Weekend. Relish will be located in what was the Central Michel Richard restaurant.
In connection with this decision, Revel, together with Central LLC, have decided to discontinue their partnership, as such, Central Michel Richard closed on May 5th. All current Central Michel Richard employees have been invited to apply for positions at Relish.