Despite once featuring a "chef-driven" line-up of restaurants by the likes of Marc Forgione, Jose Garces, and Michel Richard, Atlantic City's resort property Revel has officially closed after just two years in business: As expected, USA Today reports the $2.4 billion property shuttered today, "mired in its second bankruptcy in two years."
When Revel debuted back in 2012, many hoped it would revitalize the beach city's dining scene in particular: The Philly-based Garces brought three concepts to the hotel (adding a fourth in 2013), Forgione opened a location of his steakhouse American Cut, and NYC chef Alain Allegretti debuted a new Riviera concept called Azure. But the property, like many others on the New Jersey shoreline, was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in late 2012, and Revel filed for bankruptcy less than a year after opening. By May 2013, chef Michel Richard closed his Revel restaurant, and it was replaced by a casual spot "in response to guests requests for a more economically priced restaurant." As USA Today notes, the property "has never turned a profit."