Six potential casino operators went before the state’s Gaming Control Board yesterday, each one making a case for why they should be chosen for the lone casino license that’s up for grabs in Philadelphia. But only one group showed up with Jose Garces in tow. That group, Market8, which bills itself as the “Home Team,” pushed hard on the more-than-just-another-sorry-ass-gaming-hall messaging, touting world class restaurants, nightclubs, and a live music venue would round out its plans for a casino and hotel near Eighth and Market streets. The Inky reports that the Iron Chef is one of the restaurateurs committed to the proposed project.
exactly what role Garces plays in their grand scheme isn’t quite clear. Floor plans included in a video the group put forth as part of its presentation show there’s a sports bar and urban grill, Italian restaurant, a coffee and sweets shop, some sort of Creole-jazz concept, the obligatory steakhouse, and a rooftop restaurant and bar in their blueprint for the Center City entertainment complex and casino. We’re not sure if his inclusion in yesterday’s proceedings will give them a leg up, though. We’re hearing Steve Wynn’s pitch included music by Sinatra.