Fogo De Chão – Dallas
Fogo De Chão Opens Second Dallas-Area Location in Uptown, Marking the 35th Fogo Restaurant Nationwide
Internationally renowned Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão opened its newest location in the luxurious One Uptown high-rise apartment tower at 2619 McKinney Ave., Dallas this past February. The new restaurant marks Fogo de Chão’s 35th location in the United States. There are currently 47 Fogo de Chão restaurants worldwide.
“Our Addison, Texas location, which opened in 1997, was the first place in the world to host a Fogo de Chão outside of Brazil,” said Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “We’re excited to add a second Dallas-area location in the heart of Uptown, one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing neighborhoods in the country, and believe that our guests will love our new space at One Uptown.”
Fogo de Chão shares the Brazilian gaucho traditions of “churrasco,” the art of roasting meats over an open fire, and “espeto corrido,” or “continuous service.” The menu features a wealth of savory, fire-roasted meats that are prepared and carved tableside for each guest by a team of authentic Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs. Guest favorites include filet mignon, lamb chops and ribeye, as well signature Brazilian cuts like the house specialty, Picanha sirloin. As a complement to the variety of protein options, guests can also enjoy the gourmet Market Table and Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soups, fresh vegetables, Feijoada (Brazilian black bean stew) and authentic Brazilian side dishes. Boasting a vibrant dining room, expansive outdoor patio and lively bar area, the new Uptown Dallas location offers a variety of dining options and experiences for everyone.
Four Seasons Hotel – Houston
Four Seasons Hotel Houston unveiled Phase II of its massive and extensive year-long renovation project this past January 2017. The project rolled out exhilarating new amenities that have converted the downtown fixture into a one-stop shop for social gatherings, meetings, recreation and relaxation.
International restaurateur Richard Sandoval collaborated with the hotel to launch a chic bourbon bar lobby concept, christened Bayou & Bottle. Bayou & Bottle brings a lively bar destination to downtown Houston, serving over 150 varieties of bourbons and whiskeys. Unique features include the first-ever Topgolf® simulation golf experience, Angels’ Share private dining room, a bourbon steward, a “grab & go” counter and personalized bourbon lockers, as well as an outdoor patio.
Award-winning design boutique Meyer Davis was tapped to re-envision the 35-year-old hotel’s new look, which includes the exterior façade and entire lobby area.
“The completion of Phase II of the extensive renovation project at Four Seasons Hotel Houston represents the culmination of hard work on the part of multiple parties and a vision that places Four Seasons firmly at the forefront of downtown Houston’s future,” commented General Manager Tom Segesta, a 28-year Four Seasons veteran.
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club – Surfside
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Surfside, Florida opened this past March on the original site of oceanfront where Harvey Firestone created the original “The Surf Club” in the 1930s. Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club today comprises 77 guest rooms and a selection of hotel residences.
Overlooking the ocean are the fabulous Le Sirenuse Miami restaurant and the Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar & Lounge, Le Sirenuse hotel’s first restaurant and Champagne bar away from its famed Positano home on Italy’s southern coast. Guests enjoy a touch of the Amalfi Coast dolce vita in the suavely elegant Champagne Bar & Lounge and embark on a Mediterranean flavor odyssey in the restaurant.
“The Surf Club’s success has always been determined by quality, passion and relaxed precision, and that remains our priority today – being intuitive, exceeding our guests’ every expectation and creating memories that will last a lifetime,” says General Manager Reed Kandalaft.
Sage Restaurant Group: Kachina Southwestern Grill – Denver
Sage Restaurant Group Opens Doors to Kachina Southwestern Grill In Downtown Denver
The restaurant delivers modern Southwestern cuisine and creative cocktails to downtown Denver’s new Dairy Block.
Sage Restaurant Group introduces the second location of Kachina Southwestern Grill, a modern Southwestern-inspired restaurant, at Dairy Block in downtown Denver.
“Kachina Southwestern Grill is a truly unique concept, fusing together authentic flavors of the Southwest for a contemporary dining experience,” says Peter Karpinski, Co-Founder of SRG and Denver resident. “I’m proud to introduce Kachina to downtown Denver – the restaurant’s inventive menu, cocktails and unique décor will undoubtedly make it a destination for both local and visiting diners.”
Under the guidance of Executive Chef Jeff Bolton, who helmed the kitchen of Kachina’s first location in Westminster, the restaurant’s cuisine combines the culinary styles of the American Southwest and New World. Kachina’s in-house butcher program reinforces a native respect for the land, in that the whole animal is used in the most creative and succulent manner. The restaurant’s partnerships with Native American tribes’ businesses, such as Ramona Farms located on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona, and exploration of their unique Southwestern ingredients, brings a whole new layer of spice and originality to the menu.
Beyond the kitchen, guests will enjoy a selection of eclectic, Southwestern-inspired margaritas and cocktails created by SRG’s Director of Beverage Operations Brandon Wise. The drink menu features spirited creations such as the Blade Scorpion with Cazadores Reposado, pineapple, lime, green chartreuse, ginger syrup and scorpion tincture; as well as the Spaghetti Western with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Campari, lemon, cherry tomato and Tecate. Wise also offers a variety of non-alcoholic agua frescas like the Desert Pear, made with prickly pear puree, lemon juice, raw sugar syrup and cucumber water.
Sage Restaurant Group: Poka Lola Social Club – Denver
Sage Restaurant Group Introduces Poka Lola Social Club
Located adjacent to Kachina Southwestern Grill at Dairy Block, the new craft cocktail bar pays homage to 1950s’ American soda fountain culture.
Sage Restaurant Group introduces Poka Lola Social Club, a lively cocktail bar inspired by mid-20th century American soda fountain culture. The club is now open and located adjacent to Kachina Southwestern Grill at Dairy Block in downtown Denver.
“We created Poka Lola Social Club to simply be a fun place, from the 1950s-inspired design and its inviting, open layout, right down to the fountain-style cocktails and cheeky phrases on the coasters,” says Peter Karpinski, Co-Founder of SRG. “With a prime location at the new Dairy Block, this bar will be in the core of downtown Denver’s most exciting development. We’re eager to meet and have a drink with all of our guests, with the hope that everyone feels at home.”
Poka Lola’s menu, created by SRG’s Director of Beverage Operations, Brandon Wise, offers a nod to nostalgia with a selection of signature cocktails and classically inspired drinks. The “Fancy Drinks” section features unique concoctions including an Aperol Cocktail with Aperol, grapefruit-lime cordial and Prosecco; Improved Jungle Bird with Overproof rum, pineapple phosphate, Campari and lime; and Crate & Barrel with bourbon, sweet vermouth, barrel-aged Benedictine, absinthe and bitters. The “Fountain Drinks” section features cocktails served from a tap, with options like the Negroni Soda with Campari, sweet vermouth, orange cream citrate and juniper soda; Windsor Egg Cream with Fernet, chocolate, cream, egg white, seltzer and mint; and the Woodward Avenue Cooler, made with rye whiskey, Vernors ginger ale, Angostura bitters and vanilla ice cream.
Unique to Poka Lola are specialty sodas made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients, which are bottled on-site for use in cocktails, to be enjoyed on their own or be taken home by guests.
Norwegian Cruise Line – Joy
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of Norwegian Joy this past April, from MEYER WERFT during an on-board ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. It is the brand’s 15th ship and the first one custom designed for the Chinese cruise market. At 167,725 gross tons and accommodating 3,883 guests, Norwegian Joy is the second ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class. It features an innovative design with amenities tailored to provide a “First Class at Sea” experience for Chinese guests, with the elements of freedom and flexibility that Norwegian Cruise Line has become known for across the globe.
“With this incredible ship, we have taken Norwegian’s signature on-board experience and expanded and customized it with exciting features, services and amenities that combine the best of the East and the West,” said David Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings China. “We are honored to deliver this spectacular ship to our Chinese guests and we can’t wait to see Norwegian Joy come to life when she welcomes her first guests upon her arrival in China this June.”
Norwegian Joy offers engaging and innovative activities including a first at-sea, two-level competitive racetrack, an open-air laser tag course, thrilling simulator rides, Oculus virtual reality technology and interactive video walls at the Galaxy Pavilion, and two multi-story waterslides. In addition, Norwegian Joy features a tranquil, open space park as well as the line’s largest upscale shopping district, complete with everything from exceptional duty-free shops to world-renowned global luxury brands.