Scores strip club housed in former Trump Taj Mahal could delay opening of new casino resort

  • Scores AC believes the right to reassume residency in the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino resort
  • Hard Rock argue that the clubs lease expired in 2016

A dispute between a strip club that used to be housed in the Trump Taj Mahal and the sites new owners Hard Rock Group is threatening to delay the planned May 2018 opening of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City.

Inside Scores Atlantic City. Photo: Scores Facebook page.
Inside Scores Atlantic City. Photo: Scores Facebook page.

The renovation of the former Trump Taj Mahal site is expected to cost close to $500 million and has been muted to have plans for wider casino floors and will likely include a large waterpark inside the site with poolside slots if developers can get it open in time.

Lawsuit

On Monday, a lawsuit was filed by Hard Rock as strip club ‘Scores AC’ are claiming to having the right to return to the casino resort next year once it has reopened.

However, the Hard Rock Group have countered by saying that the clubs lease inside the property ended in June 2016 with Scores adamant its lease is still in full effect.

However, the suit maintains that the club missed a 2015 deadline to have their lease extended by a further five years thus meaning the expiration in June 2016.

Inside Scores Atlantic City. Photo: Scores Facebook page.
Inside Scores Atlantic City. Photo: Scores Facebook page.

Hard Rock Group have made it clear they do not want the club inside their new land-based casino as they say it could lead to people unfairly criticising the site for housing the establishment as they want to be known for being a family friendly venue.

The $25 million strip club opened its doors in 2013 after doing a deal with the Taj Mahal in 2010. The Scores Atlantic City billed itself as a high-end entertainment facility and operated until closing its doors a week before the hotel shut down in August 2016.

How the proposed Hard Rock Casino Hotel Atlantic City could look. Picture: Wakeshark.
How the proposed Hard Rock Casino Hotel Atlantic City could look. Picture: Wakeshark.

Tough times for the Taj Mahal

The Trump Taj Mahal has had a chequered financial history and in September 2014 filed for bankruptcy.

However, a staff march on the mayor’s office and eventually billionaire Carl Icahn stepped in committing $20 million in financing for the Taj Mahal.

A raft of changes and shifts in ownership did little for the resport and in 2016 finally closed its doors before Hard Rock Entertainment finally took over and set to work on the renovations.

The end of the famous fountain

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The former Trump Taj Mahal casino with the iconic water fountain outside which has now been removed.

On Wednesday, construction workers demolished the iconic water fountain that welcomed guests to the main entrance of the resort.

Having been present at the site for a number of years, the fountain had become quite the photo hunter hotspot but is sadly no more as work continues ready for next year.

The resort is expected to generate up to 3000 new permanent jobs in the area with the construction work alone generating 1000 new jobs.

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