Chef Garces plans to reopen 2 popular restaurants in return to Atlantic City

Chef Jose Garces is planning to open two new restaurants, with familiar menus.

Steve Tawa
June 01, 2018 - 9:45 pm
Jose Garces

Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- While a Philadelphia celebrity chef has just closed one of his restaurants, as the date approaches for a bankruptcy auction, he's already planning to open new restaurants, with familiar menus. 

Chef Jose Garces says the closing of his Distrito restaurant in the Moorestown Mall is part of his "business realignment" plan. Staff is being offered positions at his other establishments. But the modern Mexican brand remains strong, according to his spokeswoman. Distrito's University City location is unaffected.

When Garces decided to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, he blamed the sudden closing of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, where he had four restaurants, and the recent failure of an Amada restaurant in New York City.

During the bankruptcy proceeding, counsel told the judge that chef was planning on a return engagement to Atlantic City, at the soon to open Ocean Resort Casino, replacing the Revel. His strategy includes opening another Amada and Distrito there. 

Garces wants to focus on "managed-service contracts," in which he manages the restaurants under new owners, when the dust clears at the June 26th federal bankruptcy auction.