INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Hotel brands are heating things up internationally with new restaurants, F&B programs and partnerships. Here’s more of the delicious details:
Umami Burger Moves into Osaka, Japan
Umami Burger, Sbe’s burger brand, has opened its first location in Osaka, Japan. This marks the fifth location for Umami Burger in Japan with plans to open five additional locations in the country by 2020. Umami Burger Osaka will be located in the Hankyu Hotel. This announcement comes on the heels of Sbe and Accor’s commitment to open more than 100 Umami Burger restaurants across the globe in the next seven years. Umami Burger currently has more than 27 locations globally, including 16 locations in the U.S. and five locations internationally. In the next phase of growing Umami Burger, Sbe plans to open in the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific region.
Hyde Perth Kitchen + Cocktails to Open
Following the acquisition of a 50% stake in the Sbe Entertainment group in October 2018, Accor chose Australia as the first Asia-Pacific market to extend its partnership with Sbe and develop its luxury hospitality brand, Hyde. As a result, the brand opened the Hyde Paradiso, on the Gold Coast in April. The brand’s second venue gives the possibility of enlarging its offer in the luxury restaurant sector and strengthening its network on an international scale. Hyde Perth Kitchen + Cocktails has plans to open later this month in The Andate Hotel in Perth. The restaurant will be the first Art Series hotel dedicated to street art and heralds the arrival of the Art Series Brand in Western Australia.
Grenache to Bring Local, Seasonal Fare to Portugal
Palácio Belmonte has opened Grenache, a 41-seat restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal, helmed by Chef Philippe Gelfi, formerly of the Michelin-starred La Reserve and Bistro Volney. Grenache represents the reunion of two friends: Chef Gelfi and Sommelier Quentin Vedovati, both from Provence, France. Grenache will have French cuisine using local Portuguese produce and staple ingredients, with the overall mission to offer guests a simple, authentic cuisine respectful of each season.
Michelin-Starred Chef Silvio Germann of Igniv Partners with Swiss Airline
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz has revealed that Chef Silvio Germann of restaurant Igniv by Andreas Caminada is partnering with Swiss airline as part of the culinary concept, “Swiss Taste of Switzerland.” From now to the beginning of December, Swiss business and first-class guests can now enjoy Germann’s cuisine from the comfort of their airline seat.
Rosewood London Launches Art-Inspired Afternoon Tea
Rosewood London has launched its new Antony Gormley Art Afternoon Tea. In collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, this new sculpture-based afternoon tea marks the opening of the Academy’s new exhibition celebrating the life and work of internationally acclaimed British sculptor Antony Gormley. Inspired by Gormley’s life and artwork, Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkins has created four signature pastries to be served. In addition, Perkins has created a series of four different apple pastries, in homage to Gormley’s work One Apple.
Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel Opens TreeTops
Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Soufriere St. Lucia, West Indies, revealed the official opening date of its new restaurant TreeTops on Oct. 31. The menu of the new restaurant TreeTops was crafted by Executive Chef Jeffrey “Cheffrey” Stella. The staff at Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel recently underwent an intensive training segment with Cheffrey to execute the menu, which combines both traditional local and American fare.