Valley restaurateur brings local flavor to Sands Casino

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CASINO CUISINE Restaurants expected to open at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem: COBALT CAFE Status: Bethlehem City Council holds a hearing tonight on its liquor license transfer STEAKHOUSE OPERATED BY EMERIL ...
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Angry Mom of a DCT Kid

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Mar 17, 2009
 
Losers wrote:
Notice they describe this shark as a philanthropist because he donated some money to charity. What better way to hide your unsavory activities than to give 1% to charity. The idea behind casino buffets is to loss lead the gambling: give them cheap food so you can make them stay and gamble.$25 for a buffet at a slot parlor is a rip off.
I wouldn't be so quick to judge someone you don't even know. First of all - the owners of the casino are NOT the owner's of this buffet restaurant - so cheap food = more gambling does not work into the equation. Secondly - this "shark" is NOT a shark at all - and has done MUCH, MUCH more than donate 1% of his money to charity!!! Not only did he found Dream Come True - but he is also the co-founder of Camelot for Children which is the saving grace of many, many physically and mentally handicapped children in the Lehigh Valley - ALL at NO charge to the families. Dream Come True is also responsible for paying for the funerals of the Dream Come True children who don't make it - and provides funds for college for those that do. As the mom of a recipient of a Dream Come True - and now some of those funds for college for our son - I will be one of the first people in line for that buffet and pray to God that more of these "so called sharks" would grace all of our lives!!!
Bill Kearney - Philly

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Mar 18, 2009
 
Angry Mom of a DCT Kid wrote:
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I wouldn't be so quick to judge someone you don't even know. First of all - the owners of the casino are NOT the owner's of this buffet restaurant - so cheap food = more gambling does not work into the equation. Secondly - this "shark" is NOT a shark at all - and has done MUCH, MUCH more than donate 1% of his money to charity!!! Not only did he found Dream Come True - but he is also the co-founder of Camelot for Children which is the saving grace of many, many physically and mentally handicapped children in the Lehigh Valley - ALL at NO charge to the families. Dream Come True is also responsible for paying for the funerals of the Dream Come True children who don't make it - and provides funds for college for those that do. As the mom of a recipient of a Dream Come True - and now some of those funds for college for our son - I will be one of the first people in line for that buffet and pray to God that more of these "so called sharks" would grace all of our lives!!!
Every thing under the casino roof pertains to more GAMBLING. And if what you say about Mr. Kalogeropoulos is true then he should be commended for good deeds. But could you do me one favor, when you’re in that buffet line praying, could you put one in for my charity? Its called KIDS MEALS ON WHEELS. Its for all those children that will be left home alone, with no food or supervision because one or both parents will be at the casino gambling.
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Mar 18, 2009
 
As I sit in traffic trying to get through the construction in Coopersburg on the way home from work I sometimes imagine what the same is going to be like with an additional 14,000 daily lifeforms surging too and from the burial site of the Bethlehem Steel.

The images aren't pleasant.
Bill Kearney - Philly wrote:
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Every thing under the casino roof pertains to more GAMBLING. And if what you say about Mr. Kalogeropoulos is true then he should be commended for good deeds. But could you do me one favor, when you’re in that buffet line praying, could you put one in for my charity? Its called KIDS MEALS ON WHEELS. Its for all those children that will be left home alone, with no food or supervision because one or both parents will be at the casino gambling.
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Mar 18, 2009
 
That's simple, it' going to be a worse nightmare than it already is.
Professor Chaos wrote:
As I sit in traffic trying to get through the construction in Coopersburg on the way home from work I sometimes imagine what the same is going to be like with an additional 14,000 daily lifeforms surging too and from the burial site of the Bethlehem Steel.
The images aren't pleasant.
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Mar 18, 2009
 
I don't know what DCT is, but if he's the good guy everyone says I'll commend him for his good works. On the other hand I don't do Casino's but what I have done in the past and had to do with food was having someone ask me for change to buy some food. I've already given money and bought take out food . I'll leave it there, God recognizes good deeds.

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Mar 19, 2009
 
Read the fine print wrote:
If they really want a restaurant with local flavor, they'll adopt a dress code that allows guys to wear baseball caps and hunting jackets while dining in any casino restaurant. Hunting/fishing license hanging from the back of the hat or jacket is optional.
Wow. That's quite a comment. Coming from a guy in "Norristown" of all places.

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Mar 19, 2009
 
Professor Chaos wrote:
As I sit in traffic trying to get through the construction in Coopersburg on the way home from work I sometimes imagine what the same is going to be like with an additional 14,000 daily lifeforms surging too and from the burial site of the Bethlehem Steel.
The images aren't pleasant.
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When Bethlehem Steel changed shifts, 5000 workers left and another 5000 came in. ALL AT THE SAME TIME. If the infrastructer could handle that back then, I think the upgraded roads can handle casino traffic. Especially considering most of the visitors will be coming 50 at a time on a single bus. Push off the doom and gloom.
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Mar 20, 2009
 
We will have to wait and see. Are you taking into account that the Steel complex was spread out over a much greater area than the Casino and therefore had a greater number of entrances and exits? That sort of diluted the 5000 entering \ exiting. I grew up in South Bethlehem while the Steel was flourishing so I have first hand experience with this We call it “STEEL TRAFFIC” and it happened every day with the most interfering cycle around 3.5 pm. We would factor in delays caused by this traffic when making plans for travel. We'll see how it goes. I consider myself lucky that I am not bound to have to deal with any buisness within 3 miles of the Casino.
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<quoted text> When Bethlehem Steel changed shifts, 5000 workers left and another 5000 came in. ALL AT THE SAME TIME. If the infrastructer could handle that back then, I think the upgraded roads can handle casino traffic. Especially considering most of the visitors will be coming 50 at a time on a single bus. Push off the doom and gloom.

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Mar 21, 2009
 
Professor Chaos wrote:
We will have to wait and see. Are you taking into account that the Steel complex was spread out over a much greater area than the Casino and therefore had a greater number of entrances and exits? That sort of diluted the 5000 entering \ exiting. I grew up in South Bethlehem while the Steel was flourishing so I have first hand experience with this We call it “STEEL TRAFFIC” and it happened every day with the most interfering cycle around 3.5 pm. We would factor in delays caused by this traffic when making plans for travel. We'll see how it goes. I consider myself lucky that I am not bound to have to deal with any buisness within 3 miles of the Casino.
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Most casino traffic will probably enter east via I-78, not the 3rd Street route from the west. That will help. Also I envision a day when 3rd St is made 'one way' east bound and 4th St 'west bound' from Hayes St to Brodhead. This should help too. There are options should traffic become a major issue though I think short term and long term planning can eleviate most problems. Bottom line is - we'll have to wait and see.
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Mar 23, 2009
 
I still have concerns about 309 and 378, I see Wyandotte hill becoming a major PITA bottle neck at rush hour. Anyway, good luck to you.
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<quoted text> Most casino traffic will probably enter east via I-78, not the 3rd Street route from the west. That will help. Also I envision a day when 3rd St is made 'one way' east bound and 4th St 'west bound' from Hayes St to Brodhead. This should help too. There are options should traffic become a major issue though I think short term and long term planning can eleviate most problems. Bottom line is - we'll have to wait and see.

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