When the Diplomat Beach Resort started rolling out its new restaurants earlier this year — part of a mega $100 million property revamp — reps promised there was more to come, and they weren’t they kidding.
Today the hotel along with Howard Wein Hospitality (HWH) and Thayer Lodging Group have unveiled The Diplomat Restaurant Group, featuring an announcement of seven new food concepts debuting inside the hotel in addition to the three that already opened this year.
Tapping celebs chefs like Geoffrey Zakarian and Michael Schulson, it’ll feature everything from chef-driven restaurants to casual grab-and-go markets and a family-friendly sweets shop. The bar offerings, also led by HWH, will have cocktail creations from Willy Shine.
Here’s a breakdown of the new restaurants that’ll be debuting by the end of 2016:
Monkitail: A modern Japanese restaurant by chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson it’ll feature classic izakaya dishes, a 15-seat sushi bar, an "open robatayaki kitchen” along with a “discreet karaoke bar” located beyond the main dining room.
Point Royal: Celeb chef Geoffrey Zakarian is bringing his dapper duds back to South Florida for his latest concept called Point Royal. Described as a “coastal American restaurant” it’ll feature the hotel’s only raw bar and a menu running the full gamut of Zakarian's American cuisine and seafood dishes.
Counter Point: The grab-and-go option of Point Royal, it’ll have a menu comprised of breakfast pastries, salads and sandwiches plus wine, beer and snacks both day and night.
The Hotel Bar: Rocking a rather self-explanatory name, it’ll serve as the “center hub of the resort” with classic cocktails from famous hotel bars around the world by bartender Willy Shine.
Candy & Cones: An ice cream and candy shop, featuring ice creams churned fresh onsite, a "modern penny candy wall” with dozens of options, and a classic soda fountain counter.
The Canteen: The convenience store for the guests with snacks like prepared salads and sandwiches, cookies and brownies.
Playa (Coming in 2017): A beachfront “Nuevo Latino” concept by chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone. Think tacos on house-made tortillas, plenty of salsas and guacamoles, and juice-based cocktails.
No opening dates have been announced for any of these concepts. Stay tuned for more details.