The Prime Rib to Open at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia with a new take on Contemporary Dining



Led by a New Generation of Ownership, The Prime Rib Looks to Make a Fresh Mark 
on Philadelphia’s Dining Scene


PHILADELPHIA (December 21, 2020) Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia today announced that The Prime Rib® will join the restaurant lineup at the new gaming and entertainment destination when it opens early next year. A top Zagat-rated steakhouse previously located in Center City Philadelphia for more than 20 years, The Prime Rib now has a luxurious new home at Live! Casino & Hotel with the same commitment to fine dining and exceptional service with an award-winning menu offering a tantalizing array of prime steaks cooked to perfection, the freshest seafood and a selection of signature salads, sides and desserts. In addition, some distinctive new twists will marry the best in high-end cuisine with a stylized bar and lounge scene. 

The return to Philadelphia marks an exciting new era for the family-owned restaurant, which has consistently been a #1 Zagat-rated restaurant in Washington DC and Baltimore, including at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland in the Baltimore Washington corridor. 

“Opening The Prime Rib in a new, reimagined way is an exciting step for our family-owned company,” said second generation owners, Brenda and Rebecca Dolan. “The vision for this new location takes some of the features that make The Prime Rib so unique and blends them with new design elements and experiences. We’re very proud and excited to be able to return to Philadelphia at Live! Casino & Hotel.”

Adjacent to the main casino floor near the entrance of the hotel lobby, the space will show off comfortable elegance in a modern, refined setting with details of glass, wood, marble and leather. Elegant drapery will create unique seating moments while antiqued, smoked mirrors and brass elements elevate the style. A long, stylized bar off of the casino floor will converge with the main dining room and two private dining rooms. Guests will also find a cocktail bar tucked away from the main dining area off of the hotel lobby for a more intimate setting.

The stylish design will set the stage for an incredible dining experience led by Head Chef Theodore Iwachiw. Prior to joining the Live! team, Chef Iwachiw served as Regional Executive Chef at Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He also helped open two restaurants at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, as well as opening Loews New Orleans as Executive Chef and Loews Philadelphia as Executive Sous Chef. 

Under Chef Iwachiw’s leadership, the menu will feature classic selections, such as the signature prime rib, prime cuts of filet mignon, ribeye, porterhouse and NY strip, veal chops, and lamb; as well as jumbo lump crab cakes, chilean sea bass, ahi tuna, salmon and other seafood specialties on a mouthwatering menu sure to surpass any expectations.

“The Prime Rib will offer our guests a distinguished and delectable dining experience they won’t soon forget,” said Joe Billhimer, Executive Vice President of Cordish Gaming Group and Live! Casino & Hotel. “Those who join us will partake in a tailored evening that includes The Prime Rib’s signature tableside interactive culinary and mixology theater, brought to life in a highly personalized way. This restaurant will offer an elevated night out that is guaranteed to become a guest favorite. We’re very proud to work with Rebecca to bring her vision to life.” 

The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will be run by the world-class team of General Manager Jason Simkins, Head of Operations Natalie DiBattista and Lounge Director Brian Taylor, bringing together decades of experience in the dining and hospitality industry. 

Simkins is a local restaurant industry veteran who brings more than 11 years of fine dining managerial experience to The Prime Rib. He recently served as general manager of Scarpetta in The Rittenhouse Hotel, as well as general manager for flagship Starr Restaurant Group properties in the Philadelphia region. DiBattista joins the team with more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, include stints as a General Manager for the Starr Restaurant Group and Director of Operations for the Schulson Collective Group. Taylor brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles as a Partner at the Gardendale Social & Athletic Club and as General Manager at 1925 Lounge, both in Philadelphia. Applications are now being accepted.

The Prime Rib joins previously announced local favorites Lorenzo and Sons Pizza, Sang Kee Noodle Bar & Kitchen and Termini Brothers Bakery, as well as signature venues by Emmy-award winning chef, restaurateur, New York Times Best Selling author and TV personality Guy Fieri.

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About Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia

Scheduled to open in early 2021, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will mark the beginning of a new era in South Philadelphia, transforming the Stadium District into a nationally unrivaled one-stop destination to enjoy the fast-paced action of four major professional sports teams, memorable entertainment, premier dining, well-appointed hotel accommodations and world-class gaming. Conveniently located off I-95 and I-76, the facility will feature more than 200 luxury hotel rooms, a FanDuel® Sportsbook, over 2,200 slots and electronic table games, 150 live action table games, including poker, plus new dining and entertainment options. The property will also offer more than 15,000-square-feet of meeting space, as well as ample, secure parking. Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will be developed, owned and managed by Stadium Casino RE, LLC, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, the premier developer of Live! dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. Visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @livecasinophl


About The Cordish Companies

The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Entertainment Districts; Sports-Anchored Developments; Gaming; Hotels; Residential Properties; Restaurants; International Development; Coworking Spaces; and Private Equity. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. The Cordish Companies has developed and operates highly acclaimed dining, entertainment and hospitality destinations throughout the United States, many falling under The Cordish Companies’ Live! Brand, highly regarded as one of the premier entertainment brands in the country. In gaming, The Cordish Companies has developed among the most successful casino hotel resorts in the world including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. Welcoming over 55 million visitors per year, these developments are among the highest profile dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships, and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter.


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