The Cordish Companies projects in Philadelphia and the Pittsburgh are still taking shape, but like all Live! properties, the way to patrons’ hearts at both venues is lined with food venues, from national to local faves.
The coming casinos recently announced some of the restaurants they’ll be featuring, including several from Food Network star Guy Fieri.
The mini-casino in Western PA should open around Thanksgiving. The full-blown casino in the stadium district of Philly won’t open until early 2021. But Live! has launched an online casino in PA already.
Guy Fieri a presence at both Live! Casinos in PA
While time and distance separate the two brick-and-mortar properties at either end of PA, it should be easy to tell they are both Cordish-developed Live! Casino properties by taste alone.
As Rob Norton, president of Cordish Gaming Group, explained:
“Our goal from the onset is always to create a world-class destination that provides a variety of premier dining and entertainment options. We spend a great deal of time curating a unique tenant mix that features diverse offerings for all our guests. Whether they are coming to our properties to gamble or to dine, we want our guests to have a first-class experience every time they visit.”
For instance, Fieri will be a part of both properties.
Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar will open at Live! Casino Pittsburgh, and he’ll also be in Philly with two joints, one for tacos, another doing burgers.
The Eastern PA locations will be known at the 10th Street Market in Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, apparently a play on the 9th Street Market, a longstanding gathering of vendors in South Philly.
Philly faves are also on the menu
At 10th Street, there will also be local food favorites near and dear to Philly’s palate, such as:
- Lorenzo and Sons Pizza, a South Philadelphia staple since 1970 and one of the 101 best pizzas in America as rated by The Daily Meal.
- Sang Kee Noodle Bar & Kitchen, a collaboration between the landmark Chinatown restaurant owners Sang Kee Peking Duck House and Strother Enterprises. The traditional noodle bar will feature classic noodles and dim sum selections, along with other Asian favorites.
- Termini Brothers, a beloved South Philadelphia bakery with a 99-year history, will serve cannoli, cookies and cakes.
There is also a bar open 24/7.
Breaking bread builds community
Joe Billhimer, executive vice president of Cordish Gaming Group, explained Cordish’s goals:
“Our goals were to become an active member of this community, to be a good neighbor and to uplift the businesses in this community. The opportunity to partner with these Philadelphia institutions was an opportunity we could not pass up. We are proud that our family-owned business can partner with these three iconic family-owned businesses.
“Guy is a first-class restaurateur and brings an exciting level of energy to everything he does. Our focus from the onset has been to create a world-class destination with diverse offerings for our guests. We have taken great care to curate a tenant mix that creates a variety of local, regional and national brands.”
Philly already knows Cordish in some measure. It is already a part of Xfinity Live! near the stadiums. And the company built the outlets now known as Tanger in nearby Atlantic City.