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#1 oat77

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 05:01 PM

If anyone read my previous post, sorry, I got it to open.

Prudential Center could add as many as four more restaurants next season as the arena’s principals work together to improve the six-month-old arena in Newark.

The New Jersey Devils, arena manager AEG and concessionaire Centerplate are targeting 12,500 square feet of open space inside the building, a portion of which became available after general contractor Gilbane vacated the premises.

“We’re looking at a big build-out for hub-type eateries,” said Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek, estimating the cost at $1.6 million to create three more food and drink destinations.

One restaurant, in the northwest corner of the main concourse, could showcase a national chain that operates tropical-themed establishments, said Vanderbeek, who declined to identify the company in the early stages of negotiations.

In the upper deck, the idea is for Centerplate to develop another casual dining experience on the building’s east side in a space with a view of the New York City skyline, Vanderbeek said.

There are also two streetside locations available, one of which the Devils have been reserving for a steakhouse or a place serving Italian cuisine. The other should have more of a sports bar environment, Vanderbeek said.

Centerplate manages the existing premium restaurant on the first suite level and wants to reconfigure that space to reduce the number of patrons walking through to access their skyboxes, said Dale Adams, Prudential Center’s general manager.

“There are two entries to the restaurant, which drives the manager crazy,” Adams said.

AEG has an arena co-marketing deal with the Devils. Now that all three parties have a full season under their belts, they will focus on finding a sponsor for the suite-level dining space to create its own brand, Adams said. The menu also could be tweaked.

“The restaurant did well for hockey; for concerts, it’s backstage, so business was minimal for those events,” Adams said. The 166 ledge seats in front were in high demand for Devils games and the MISL Ironmen, he said.

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Edited by oat77, 08 May 2008 - 05:05 PM.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 05:03 PM

So I came across this headline "Prudential Center cooking up restaurant plans for next season"

… in Newark. The New Jersey Devils, arena manager AEG and concessionaire Centerplate are targeting 12,500 square feet of open space inside the building, a portion of which became available after general contractor Gilbane vacated the premises. “We’re looking at a big build-out for hub-type eateries,” said Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek, …

Facilities - Published 05/05/08

... many as four more restaurants next season as the arena’s principals work together to improve the six-month-old arena in Newark. The New Jersey Devils, ...

Its on the www.sportsbusinessjournal.com website. So it said to read it I had to sign up for a 2 week trial and I did, but then i tried to read it and it said I needed to have a paid account to read it. So screw them. But if anyone knows anything about this, lets us know.



This would just be awesome! For an already new Arena there is always room for improvements and making it still the best Arena in the NHL. :koolaid:
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 06:33 PM

With all these bars and restaurants the Devils could be the only team in the NHL with a sellout crowd that isn't in their seats. :lol:
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 06:34 PM

Tropical themed chain resturant? I can name Cheeseburger In Paradise and Bahama Breeze, anything else a possibility?

(Cheeseburger In Paradise would be neat, if only for the fact that they serve a mixed drink called Kool Aid)
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 06:51 PM

Tropical themed chain resturant? I can name Cheeseburger In Paradise and Bahama Breeze, anything else a possibility?

(Cheeseburger In Paradise would be neat, if only for the fact that they serve a mixed drink called Kool Aid)


Rainforest Cafe?
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 06:55 PM

Rainforest Cafe?


Oh god. We'd have to bring my friend's three year old every time we went to a game if there were one of those there, haha.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 07:38 PM

chico is stoked.
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 03:26 PM

I might be in the minority, but I wouldn't mind seeing a Chilis or a Fridays
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 04:49 PM

I might be in the minority, but I wouldn't mind seeing a Chilis or a Fridays



Good idea. Chilis is better.

Chilis > Fridays
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:10 PM

With all these bars and restaurants the Devils could be the only team in the NHL with a sellout crowd that isn't in their seats. :lol:


Especially if they have 7 PM starts again next year, not that I mind them personally but a lot of other working folk do have trouble getting to their seats by opening faceoff.

chico is stoked.


True, they could easily have another season's worth of Chico Eats segments with new restaurants to try out.

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 10:46 AM

Especially if they have 7 PM starts again next year, not that I mind them personally but a lot of other working folk do have trouble getting to their seats by opening faceoff.

True, they could easily have another season's worth of Chico Eats segments with new restaurants to try out.


730 starts FTW, I would love to see 8pm starts occasionally

there are a helluvalot more than just 41 food items at the Prudential Center.

not only am i looking forward to more Chico Eats next year, but more restaurants to eat before/after the games and inside/outside the Rock
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 10:53 AM

They would make a killing if they released a DvD of a Chico Eats compilation
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 11:31 AM

They would make a killing if they released a DvD of a Chico Eats compilation


Agreed, I mentioned this to someone in another thread, I think it would be a brilliant move. All the segments, plus behind-the-scenes outtakes footage and stuff? All kinds of awesome.
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 05:39 PM

For an already new Arena there is always room for improvements and making it still the best Arena in the NHL. :koolaid:

it isnt already? :D :cheers:
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 06:53 PM

it isnt already? :D :cheers:



Ok it IS! :)

This is why I said still the best Arena in the NHL. ;)
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 07:54 PM

Isn't there a bunch of Chico Eats on the Devils site?
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 08:18 PM

Doc said in an interview that they can go at least another 2 seasons without running out.
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 12:55 AM

Bring on the Food!!!! :)
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:38 PM

Just as long as Jimmy Buffs and Taste of Newark stay I dont care.
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