Ocean Casino Resort on Wednesday announced it partnered with chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson to bring two fine-casual concepts to Ocean’s culinary roster. Opening later this year, Pearl & Mary oyster bar and Samuel’s at Ocean will be located on the lobby level across from the Park in Atlantic City.
“Having opened my first restaurant in Atlantic City more than 15 years ago, it’s apropos to be returning to the shore to work with Ocean, starting with these two incredible projects,” Michael Schulson said. “The team at this property is first class and I look forward to opening additional concepts with them in the future.”
Pearl & Mary will present a stunning oyster bar offering bespoke dishes inspired by classic coastal favorites, including an assorted raw bar, mixed crudos and refreshing cocktails. Pearl & Mary at Ocean will be the second iteration of the oyster bar, with the first location in Mid Town Village, Philadelphia.
Samuel’s is more than just a modern take on an all-day diner experience. It is a nod to Schulson’s grandparents, who immigrated to the Bronx and opened a kosher butcher shop, effectively serving as the celebrity chef’s first culinary influence. Samuel’s American-Jewish inspired menu will include fresh baked breads and pastries, scrumptious salads and signature sandwiches.
Michael Schulson is one of Philadelphia’s most successful hospitality professionals and is the owner of Double Knot, DK Sushi, Independence Beer Garden, Sampan, Graffiti Bar, Harp & Crown, Giuseppe & Sons, Alpen Rose, Via Locusta, Prunella, Pearl & Mary and his newest concept, Bar Lesieur.
“We are thrilled to welcome Pearl & Mary and Samuel’s into Ocean’s portfolio of dining venues as we venture into a long-term partnership with Michael Schulson,” Bill Callahan, general manager for Ocean Casino Resort, said.
Both Pearl & Mary and Samuel’s at Ocean are expected to open before summer in the current Harper’s and Sky Café spaces. Harper’s award-winning brunch options will move to a much-needed larger venue on the casino level, near Starbucks.