Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino
|Location||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Opening date||May 26, 1984|
|No. of rooms||906|
|Total gaming space||91,181 sq ft (8,471.0 m2)|
|Notable restaurants||Max's Steakhouse, Rainforest Cafe|
|Owner||Trump Entertainment Resorts|
|Operating license holder||Trump Plaza Associates|
Trump Plaza is a hotel and casino located on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Designed by architect Martin Stern, Jr., it was opened in 1984 and is one of two casinos owned by Trump Entertainment Resorts.
Trump Plaza opened as a joint venture between Donald Trump and Harrah's Atlantic City. Trump built the complex and it was managed by Harrahs and contained 614 rooms, seven restaurants, a health club, a 750-seat showroom and a 60,000 sq.ft. casino all on a narrow 2.6 acre plot of land next to Caesars Atlantic City. Within six months, the Harrahs name was removed from the casino and it became known only as Trump Plaza. Part of the reason for this is that Harrah's was commonly associated and attracted low-rolling gamblers, but Trump had built 85 high-roller suites, which were rarely used. Revenue for the seven months it was open in 1984 the casino was placed seventh out of the ten casinos operating in the city at the time, which lead to Trump taking over the entire casino from Harrah's. In 1989, the East Tower of the complex was opened, expanding the resort to a total of 906 rooms. The East Tower is a former Holiday Inn constructed in the 1960s, but closed after gambling was approved in 1976 with the intention of becoming the Penthouse Hotel and Casino. Trump later purchased the unfinished casino project, demolished the shell that was to become the casino, renovated the tower and covered its brick facade in white stucco to match the rest of the casino.
Trump Plaza hosted the Wrestlemania IV and Wrestlemania V events in 1988 and 1989 respectively. Although the World Wrestling Federation billed the events as being held at the Trump Plaza and Casino, in reality Trump was only the sponsor of both events, which were in fact held at the nearby Atlantic City Convention Hall.
On May 24, 2011, Trump Entertainment Resorts announced that a decision would be made within two months to either sell the casino or to renovate and expand it, possibly with a joint venture partner. In February 2013, the company proposed to sell the property for $20 million to the Meruelo Group, a California-based company whose businesses include the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Meruelo planned to make significant investments in the property and rename it. In April 2013, the deal was put on hold when Trump Entertainment was unable to obtain a release of its mortgage. Carl Icahn, senior lender for the mortgage, declined to approve the sale for the proposed price.
- Max's Steakhouse
- Roberto's Ristorante
- 24 Central Cafe
- China Cafe
- Liquid Bar
- Rainforest Cafe
- Sarah's Cookies
Bars & Nightclubs
Trump Plaza contains two nightclubs, Liquid Bar and Jezebel's, and a seasonal bar on the beach named The Beach Bar at Trump Plaza.
The complex was at the center of a major eminent domain court case in the mid-1990s, when Trump Enterprises sought to obtain the property of Vera Coking, a retired homeowner whose house was adjacent to Trump Plaza. In Coking vs. C.R.D.A., Donald Trump, and Trump Plaza, Mrs. Coking was victorious, and plans to build a limousine parking lot on her property were thwarted. Mrs. Coking was represented Pro bono, by Institute for Justice (IJ)  IJ is a public interest law firm.
Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal have a comp card similar to most casinos. The club has four levels:
- TrumpOne: Free to all members age 21 and older.
- Executive: 4,000 tier points in a calendar year required.
- Chairman: 10,000 tier points in a calendar year required.
- Signature: 80,000 tier points in a calendar year required.
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