Steakhouse claims new Hard Rock casino will hurt business

As the brand-new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, is throwing open its doors on Thursday, one restaurant at the property that’s a holdover from the site’s Trump Taj Mahal days is accusing the Hard Rock of trying to stick a fork in its steak biz.

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In court documents filed in state Superior Court this month, Robert’s Steakhouse alleges that the Hard Rock “failed to buy out Robert’s lease” and then “embarked on a scheme to grab for itself the business that its predecessor had agreed would belong to Robert’s.”

(The eatery’s owned by Robert Gans, of gentlemen’s club Scores, who claims in court docs that his properties have undergone a $30 million renovation to reopen in Atlantic City.)

The suit further alleges that the Hard Rock aimed to bring in its own rival steak spot, Council Oak, that “would irreparably damage Robert’s business” — but has shifted gears to call the restaurant Council Oak Fish as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Robert’s claims the moves are in breach of contract and in bad faith.

Attorneys for both sides did not get back to us.

There’s already bad blood between the parties: The Hard Rock reportedly unsuccessfully moved to bounce the new 36,000-square-foot Scores from the property.

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