The Prime Rib to open in Maryland Live Casino

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore-based steakhouse The Prime Rib will join the line-up of restaurants at the Maryland Live Casino, Cordish Cos. officials announced Wednesday.

The Prime Rib joins the previously announced Cheesecake Factory and Phillips Seafood, which will be part of a station-style buffet. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, whose participation in Maryland Live was first announced in October 2010, will be represented by his Bobby's Burger Palace brand.

The Prime Rib addition is a coup for Cordish, which had originally announced that Ruth's Chris would be the steak house brand at Maryland Live. The Prime Rib, established in Baltimore in 1965 by brothers Buzz and Nick Beler, is an area dining institution, with locations in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. According to Buzz Beler, negotiations to bring the Prime Rib brand to Maryland Live began in late 2011.

Beler describes the Prime Rib at Maryland Live as a "joint venture" with the Cordish Cos., which will operate the steak house. The casino restaurant will follow Prime Rib recipes and use its purveryors, according to Beler, who praised the Cordish team for implementing his requests and advice. The Prime Rib at Maryland Live will include such signature Prime Rib details as a baby grand piano and even leopard-skin carpeting, according to Beler, who has participated in the restaurant's design. "It looks like the Prime Rib and will be like the Prime Rib," Beler said.

"I'm going to be involved in all aspects," Beler said about the project. "Forty-six years we've been in Baltimore. I think I know how to run a Prime Rib."

The scheduled June 2012 opening of the $500 million slots casino is pending approval from the Maryland State Lottery Agency. Beler said that the Prime Rib is scheduled to open in fall 2012.

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