Anne Arundel casino developer promises high class digs

The developer of a hotly contested casino planned near the Arundel Mills mall this week promised that if built, his casino would be a center for upscale dining that includes the likes of the Cheesecake Factory and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

At a news conference this week, developers from The Cordish Co. unveiled plans for the Maryland Live! Casino, which will also feature the well-known Baltimore eatery Obrycki’s Crab House and Seafood Restaurant and a new live music venue operated by Rams Head of Annapolis.

Chairman David Cordish said the casino’s entertainment and gaming “will enhance the lifestyle of Anne Arundel residents and prove to be a regional attraction that will have a positive impact on businesses throughout the county.”

But not everyone feels that way — a coalition to stop slots at the mall is lobbying against allowing the casino going forward. The Maryland Jockey Club, which runs nearby Laurel Park, is financing much of the lobbying effort.

Anne Arundel County voters will decide next month in a referendum whether zoning for slots should be allowed.

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