Teplitzky’s was one of many Kosher hotel and motel properties that existed in Atlantic City in the mid-20th century. First founded around 1942 by Ukranian immigrants as a small boarding house, Teplitzky’s added on new additions as their popularity with Jewish guests of the resort grew. When it annexed the nearby Old English House, it became known as Teplitzky’s Old English House. Other additions included the neighboring Hersh-Carlton Hotel, a 1920s structure which had served as barracks for the US Army during World War II. The wooden structures comprising Teplitzsky’s were destroyed by a fire in the 1960s, and a new four-story hotel was built in its place. Teplitzky’s had a grand ballroom which hosted many events for Jewish residents of Absecon Island throughout the years, and Sammy Davis Jr. even once threw a dinner party for Frank Sinatra in the hotel. Old Blue Eyes himself reportedly remarked on the oddity of honoring an Italian in a Kosher establishment. In the latter half of the 20th century, however, Atlantic City’s Jewish population began to diminish. Teplitzky’s closed in 1987, becoming the International Kosher Hotel and then Howard Johnson’s. In 2008, the building was combined with a neighboring Holiday Inn and transformed into the new Chelsea Hotel, the first nongaming luxury resort to open in Atlantic City since before the casino era. In honor of the former owners, the Chelsea has a restaurant called Teplitzky’s.
For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:
Local History Subject Files – Hotels
The new luxury Chelsea Hotel. Teplitzsky's Restaurant is visible on the street corner.
|A postcard advertising Teplitzsky's Hotel from 1974. From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H084.Teplitzskys001.|
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