The highly anticipated opening of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City is set for June 28.
Taking over the former Trump Taj Mahal, the Hard Rock said it sees the revival as an opportunity to shift the venue's focus to world-class entertainment acts, rather than just acting as another casino in the seaside resort city.
And many in the city are holding out hopes that the influx of redevelopment, which includes the Hard Rock and another revived casino, the Ocean Resort, can turn the long-struggling town into a travel destination.
The casino and hotel secured its approval from the state's Casino Control Commission Wednesday, putting it on track to open this summer. The new hotel has risen in the old Trump Taj Mahal building at 1000 Boardwalk, just across the street from Steel Pier.
The ocean-front property sits on 17 acres, and was home to a Hard Rock Cafe during the years the Taj Mahal beckoned guests along the boardwalk.
The Trump Taj Mahal opened in 1990, becoming then the tallest and most extravagant casino in Atlantic City, costing $1.1 billion to build.
Like the games tables inside of it, the Taj Mahal had its ups and downs during its 26-year tenure.
Now-President Donald Trump's casino company declared bankruptcy several times, and for years, the building belonged to him in name only.
Eventually, the casino came under the control of billionaire Carl Icahn, who also owned the Tropicana. Icahn went to battle with the casino workers' union, disputing contract obligations like health care and pension pay put in place before the key to the landmark casino was in his pocket.
Following a two year legal battle, courts ruled in 2016 that Icahn was not required to honor the expired contract.
Workers walked out on their jobs in protest that July, and a month later, during the longest strike in the Atlantic City casino era's history, it was announced that the Taj Mahal would close after hemorrhaging millions of dollars a month.
The fate of the landmark, once dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world" by Trump himself, was uncertain.