Atlantic City, N.J. — Eight years after battling with The Donald over his development plants, the owners of a small mom-and-pop restaurant near Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino are cashing in their chips.
The owners of Sabatini's Restaurant agreed to sell their small brick building to Trump's casino company next month and retire after 40 years.
Trump set his sights on the property in 1997 when he was looking to expand Trump Plaza. His problem was that the restaurant, a cash-for-gold store and a former boarding house wouldn't sell.
Trump got the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to begin condemnation proceedings against all three, justifying the move as an attempt to add hotel rooms to support the new Atlantic City Convention Center. Clare Sabatini said CRDA representatives told her she would be handcuffed and taken out of her restaurant if she didn't sell.
The following year, a judge threw out the eminent domain claims against all three properties, saying Trump, not the public, would be the primary beneficiary.