February 26, 2015
The Hard Rock Café in Atlantic City filed a notice Wednesday night with the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development announcing it could close and lay off workers, company officials said in a statement.
Located inside the Trump Taj Mahal at 1000 Boardwalk, the company cited the casino's bankruptcy as the reason for the notice.
The company said in a statement Thursday that it issued the warning in case the Taj Mahal's bankruptcy plan isn't approved, and that the restaurant intends to operate through the end of its lease in the fourth quarter of 2016 and won't close unless the casino does.
The notice said the eatery would close in April, with 73 layoffs scheduled for April 22. Positions cited in the layoff warning include seven bartenders, 13 line cooks, 21 servers, two retail sales reps, five bussers and five dishwashers.
The nearest locations of other Hard Rock Cafés are in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and District of Columbia.
The restaurant opened in the Taj in November 1996.
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