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Everyone knows the Bahamas' The Atlantis Resort likes to do things big. Start with a 2300-room resort (not counting the adults-only wing--Cove Atlantis and its 600 rooms) add an almost waterpark theme in the form of 141-acres, and don't forget the massive casino. Naturally an outfit this size doesn't slouch when it comes to dining, which is why their collection of dining options include restaurants from Nobu, Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. But not one to rest on their laurels (which some were afraid was becoming the case lately), the Paradise Island resort announced that on June 1st, celebrity chef Todd English will finally open Olives Atlantis.
Expect his signature cuisine to take advantage of the island's seafood bounty and from what we've read, the three-meal-a-day menu will reflect and respect the location. Guests seated at the 268-seat restaurant will have views of an open kitchen where staff will prepare casual, Mediterranean-island cuisine that might battle for attention with the serious raw bar piled high with shellfish, clams, crab, oysters and the like. Carnivores and vegetarians will have plenty of options to choose from as well, from steaks to pastas and English's well-known thin-crust flat-bread pizzas courtesy of the restaurant's wood-burning oven. And for those who find themselves in the clutches of Lady Luck or the nightclub Aura, Olives will be open until 3 a.m.
The restaurant, which is said to have a 6,850 square-foot interior, was designed by architect Jeffrey Beers, who also had a hand in the Hard Rock and Fontainebleau resorts. Here you'll see drama that Atlantis is known for, gigantic candelabras, wall sconces, limestone floor tiles, and views of Atlantis' dramatic marina. Let's hope the food has lots of drama on the plates, too.
[Photo: Atlantis Resort]
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Ok, now that we've got that loaded introduction (Pump Room! Vongerichten! Schrager!) out of the way, onto the good stuff. Oh but first, to be fair, while JGV designed the menu concept, the chef hard at work in the restaurant is chef Bradford Phillips, an Indiana native whose resume includes NoMI at The Park Hyatt Chicago. Now, onto the food!
So we actually took a seat in the hotel's Library Bar on the other side of the lobby hoping to sip a drink and eat some food away from the Pump Room scene. (It was opening night so there was lots of backslapping going on and PYTs clogging up the bar.) But a hostess told us that while they would usually serve food in the bar area, that was not happening tonight. There were, however, some cancellations for dinner and she could seat us in the Pump Room instead.
Eeeee, we hesitated because we were dining by our lonesome. But faced with the possibility of not having tasted the Pump Room before checking out, we said, F it and followed the hostess to a table along the windows and overlooking the hubub in the middle of the restaurant.
Despite our fears for the worst, it seems the St. Regis Princeville is actually still on track to reopen Oct. 1 (or Sept. 26, if you trust its website). The first-ever St. Regis resort on Hawaii, the Kauai resort is finishing up a multi-million dollar renovation that includes a new Halele’a Spa, golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, and a new resto—called Kaua’I Grill—by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
To ring in the good news, the 252-room St. Regis Princeville is launching the Quintessential Celebration Series, a four-part guest party through October and November. The four celebration offers will be available to a limited number of guests and will include a five-night stay for two, beachside welcome reception, two days of activities and events, and a ticket to the St. Regis Princeville Gala Evening with “notable honorary guests.”
Please excuse our silly puns but it's Friday (Holla!) Eater is reporting that Jean-Georges Vongerichten (does anyone have a phonic guide to pronouncing his name?) will take over the space that is currently occupied by the failed Ago restaurant inside The Greenwich Hotel.
Ago, a sort of chain from Chef Agostini Sciandri, never could recover from the beatdown that NY Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni gave it in the form of zero stars. From Eater:
[Jean-Georges] tells us he is very close to a deal on the space, and while we're sure Bobby DeNiro will be involved in some capacity as he is an owner of the hotel, the restaurant won't live on in its current incarnation.
We wish we could say this saddens us or something but whatever. Bring on the JGV, a chef with mad experience opening restaurants inside hotels. Some examples? The Mercer Kitchen at the Mercer Hotel, Prime at the Bellagio, and a sweet contract with Starwood Hotels to open his Spice Market restaurants in W Hotels.
For now, the Ago restaurant is still listed on the hotel's website and is still in service. We'll keep you posted on when that changes.