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   August 2005


Beefing up: Chicago is reinforcing its carnivorous image with a herd of new steakhouses. Porter’s Steakhouse has opened downtown, inside Hotel 71 in the old Fuse location. Levy Restaurants has unveiled Fulton’s on the River, a steak-and-seafooder in the huge space that formerly housed Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse Chicago (not to be confused with the highly successful Bob Chinn’s in Wheeling). Brazzaz, a Brazilian steakhouse offering more than 16 roasted meats, has debuted in the River North neighborhood. At Narra in the Hotel Orrington in suburban Evanston, diners choose from a selection of 15 sauces to accompany their steaks. Chef Jacky Pluton developed the concept, which is being executed by Eric Aubriot (Carlos’, Aubriot, Fuse) | When restaurateur David Kraus says he’s offering “American-style” at Parlor (in the former Soju space in Wicker Park), he’s talking retro comfort food like mac & cheese, meatloaf, and clams casino | Italian-style comfort is on the menu at Alex Dana’s newly renamed eatery Ballo, which originally opened as Fiore Mio | Latin dishes with Mexican accents are the focus of chef Bryan Garcia (Adobo Grill) at the new Cuatro on the South Side | While the new Chocolate Cafe is living up to its name with a chocoholic’s dream lineup of desserts (from sundaes to chocolate fondue), a shortlist of salads, light sandwiches, and specialty coffees help balance the fix | Chef Dudley Nieto is offering design-your-own tacos and burritos at Zapatistas, a sophisticated Mexican eatery that opened in the South Loop space that formerly housed Saiko.


Chef Jamie DeRosa recently of Central Restaurant (a collaboration between Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Norman Van Aken and Allen Susser) is now the Executive Chef of Mark Peels’ restaurant Campanile on La Brea. The restaurant has held 3 stars since the early ‘90s, with previous co-owner Nancy Silverton and Chef Mark Peels’ vision of Regional Mediterranean cooking. | Adios, amigo. Closely associated with Joachim Splichal for the last 20-plus years, Octavio Becera, chef, co-founder, and vice president of operations for Patina Group, has amicably departed. Becera will take his time to fully conceptualize and launch a personal, entrepreneurial, single-concept venture with growth potential. He was an integral player in the opening of the original Patina on Melrose Avenue in 1989, and had a major culinary role in the opening of each new property from PG | In a stunning development, the N9NE Group, which oversees many successful fine-dining restaurants and trendy nightspots in Las Vegas and Chicago, has separated from its two upscale restaurants, nightclub, and ultra lounge at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon after less than six months of operation. The former partners emphatically disagree on the split, and gamblers all over the Southland are betting on possible outcomes. Meanwhile, one of the restaurants, Belly Italiano, has been reopened with a new menu by the internal food and beverage operation at Morongo Casino Resort as Tower Fine Dining | For the first time in six years there is a new executive chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Ashley James, newly arrived from the Four Seasons Buenos Aires where he was executive chef, is now serving the celebs. No major changes are being contemplated | After an eight-month gap, there is at last a new top toque at the beachfront Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. Matt Lyman, the long-standing chef at One Pico at sister property Shutters On The Beach across the street, didn’t have far to move. Lyman’s first project was to open the high-end Sushi Bar in the Lobby Lounge which features a selection of premium sashimi plates in addition to freshly made sushi. His updated menu for Oceanfront includes seasonal California cuisine with Spanish influences, and emphasizes local seafood. Back at Shutters, Fermin Arias, most recently executive sous-chef at San Francisco’s Campton Place, has assumed the culinary reins at One Pico | French chef Peter Roelant rescued and revived the hidden, romantic gem, Four Oaks in the hills of Bel-Air, when he moved over to the property from the classic French L’Orangerie in 1988. After 16 years as the popular face of this highly regarded establishment, Roelant has agreed to disagree on the future direction of the restaurant and has departed. With a loyal following of his modern American bistro food in tow, Roelant is scouting for a new location | Taste has debuted in the transformed bungalow that was Bourbon Street Grill on stylish Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. The menu of moderately priced contemporary American comfort food with international touches is from Italian-born chef Cathy Halter. Halter’s son, John (Pizzetta), is also a partner | Standout pastry chef Verite Mazzola (ex-Whist at the Viceroy Hotel and Cafe Del Rey) is now creating the sweet endings at Table 8. Later this year, she will relocate to Miami Beach to be part of the opening team for Table 8 Southeast in the Regent South Beach hotel and condominiums | The gourmet cupcake craze is on the rise locally. Fresh out of the oven is Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, a slickly designed homage to New York City’s Magnolia Bakery. Sprinkles was founded by husband-and-wife team Charles and Candace Nelson, former investment bankers. Candace’s recipes use premium ingredients to create over 20 varieties. The Nelsons already report sales of 1,000 cupcakes a day!


Buyers have the advantage at Cellars Market, a new restaurant in the Warehouse District with a dining room that transports diners to the Italian countryside. The eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and its menu emphasizes Italian panini | Restaurant Indigo has reopened with a new menu and new owners, Kerry and Michael Sichel, who moved to New Orleans from Napa Valley. Kerry was most recently general manager of Bistro Don Giovanni, while husband and CIA-grad Michael cooked at restaurants in France, Chicago, San Francisco, and Napa Valley. Their menu features French country cuisine infused with Southern soul | Everyone is all fired up about Fire, A Restaurant, the new Lower Garden District restaurant named after its twentieth century fire station locale. Sunny Groom (formerly executive chef for St. Supéry Winery) is the chef.


The second coming of Bouley. Bouley Bakery Market, that is, located in a pretty white building across the street from David Bouley’s famed eatery in Tribeca. The multilevel space houses a gourmet market of raw ingredients and splendidly prepared Bouley dishes, a bakery with a tremendous selection of artisanal breads and pastries, a casual café/restaurant, and a cooking school | Amanda Freitag wowed us with her delicious Italian fare when she was cooking under Tom Valenti at ’Cesca. Now she’s jumped boroughs to strike out on her own at Sette Enoteca e Cucina in Park Slope. She’s taking full advantage of her wood-burning oven to create dishes like leg of lamb with creamed Swiss chard–potato cake. Owner Giovanni Tafuri also owns the neighborhood trattoria Sapore in Greenwich Village | Those in the Financial District have a new way to grab a slice of the pie: Adrienne’s Pizza Bar. Owners Harry and Peter Poulakakos (of Harry’s at Hanover Square, Bayard, and Financier Patisserie fame) and chef Nick Angelis have teamed up to launch this fashionable spot that offers signature round and superb thin-crusted Sicilian style pizzas | Art lovers scream for ice cream. At least while they’re visiting the Sculpture Garden of the recently renovated Museum of Modern Art in Midtown. The Gelato Bar is a cart set up by the Lower East Side’s premier gelateria, Il Laboratorio del Gelato. There is a modest assortment of gelati and sorbetti sure to hit the spot this steamy summer | Pots and pans and radios, oh my. J&R, the music and computer giant near City Hall, has expanded into cookware with a line of small appliances, knives, and pots | Gusto is charming guests in Greenwich Village with the Italian cooking of chef Jody Williams. Her partner, Mangia owner Sasha Muniak, knows a thing or two about creating an appetizing atmosphere. The mostly black and white dining room (an homage to Italian films of the fifties) is a sexy counterpoint to Williams’s signatures, such as saffron, zucchini, and squash blossom risotto, or fava bean, escarole, and mint salad | Ride ‘em cowboy! Beppe chef/owner Cesare Casella—or the Tuscan Cowboy as he is affectionately known—recently opened his second eatery in town. Maremma in Greenwich Village refers to the “Wild West” region of Tuscany where Vespa scooters and snappy suits give way to a rugged terrain dominated by ranchers. As you can imagine, the food of the region is appropriately hearty. Maremma’s cheeky menu is a blend of American and Italian favorites. Hence sloppy Giuseppe with braised oxtail and beans atop polenta, and penne moonshine made with whisky instead of vodka. Casella is widely known for his heirloom beans that he imports and sells through his Republic of Beans. You can eat your way through Maremma’s bean bar, featuring a mouthwatering array of bean antipasti. Casella’s chef de cuisine is Kenneth Tufo, an alum of Veritas, industry(food), and Sapa | And speaking of horses, Ribot, a new upscale Mediterranean eatery in Midtown named after the legendary racehorse, is the brainchild of owner Mario Vesciari. Chef Patrick Woodside brings an equally storied pedigree: he’s cooked at the legendary Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in England | Nightlife maven, all grown up. Amy Sacco, whose boîtes determine our urban social standing (ever try to snag a precious striped booth at Bungalow 8?) has just opened her first upscale full-service restaurant, Bette in Chelsea. It’s named after her mother, an excellent cook. Co-chefs Tom DiMarzo (who worked for Jean-Georges Vongerichten) and Arlene Jacobs (from Sacco’s Lot 61) are preparing an appealing menu with international highlights. Don’t leave without trying the lobster gazpacho | How about a haute concession stand? The newly opened IFC Center in the West Village includes The Waverly, a café run by consulting chef Gerry Hayden (ex-Amuse) and his pastry chef wife Claudia Fleming | For a western take on Japanese fare, try Taku in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. Chef Adam Shepard worked in venerable kitchens such as the French Laundry and Union Pacific before making his solo debut. The menu has a variety of Japanese appetizers and snacks as well as more substantial fare. Don’t miss the softshell crabs with green papaya and XO sauce | If you have a yen for authentic Japanese, check out Haku on the Upper West Side. It’s owned by Tsu Wang, who also has a stake in ’Cesca and Ouest. Chef Hajime Ito and sushi chef Naoki Sato work in tandem to create refined, memorable dishes like tuna tartare with quail egg, lotus root, and pickled grapes | And the Busiest Chef in Town award goes to…Laurent Tourondel. With BLT Steak and BLT Fish running smoothly, he is now honing in on his latest venture, BLT Prime, in the former Union Pacific space. The menu has an expanded section of prime meats including beef, veal, and lamb | It takes two Villages. Patricio Sandoval has just opened the sibling to the East Village’s Mercadito, Mercadito Grove in the West Village. Expect the same wonderful Mexican market vibe and Sandoval’s snappy, flavorful Mexican fare | Slurp city: Williamsburg has no shortage of Thai restaurants, but until Ho Wong City Shanghai Fusion, good Chinese places were few and far between. The name may be a mouthful, but so are their Shanghai soup dumplings! | Tasting Italy, region by region. That’s the plan at Regional on the Upper West Side from owner Pierpaolo Arenella (who also owns La Gioconda among other restaurants) and chef Salvatore Zapparata. Let your fork travel to Veneto for whole-wheat pasta with duck ragu or skip to Sicily for delicious stewed cod with vegetable soffrito | Say goodbye to the romantic Moroccan Chez Es Saada in the East Village and say hello to the equally romantic tapas lounge, Ludo. Chef Einat Adimony, an alum of Patria and Danube, gives the standards a sexy makeover: cantaloupe gelato is encrusted with almonds and draped with prosciutto, and spring rolls are filled with toothsome pork belly | Well, we’ve caught up with the peripatetic Sara Jenkins, who was most recently at 50 Carmine. She’s now spending her summer cooking for the jet set…literally. Annona is located above a Lamborghini dealership in chic Westhampton Beach. Zak Pelaccio of 5 Ninth, who is consulting on the project, was instrumental in bringing his talented chef friend east | Also for the Hampton-bound…Almondito in East Hampton. It’s the sibling restaurant to the popular Almond in Bridgehampton, owned by Eric Lemonides and chef Jason Weiner. The menu is eclectic and features a summer-friendly assortment of ceviches as well as the not-to-be-missed fresh grapefruit margarita | And while you’re in town, stop in at Tutto Italiano. The 3,000-square-foot salumeria and take-out shop conceived by Citarella’s Joseph Gurrera is now located in the former Red Horse Market space | Sag Harbor also has a new Italian, Daniele at 21 Water, while Montauk gains the Tuscan-focused Aqua East. At James On Main in Southampton, chef Brian Cheewing takes a broader, more Mediterranean approach | Also in Southampton is Nello Summertimes, a pricey Italian sibling to Manhattan’s Nello | Yet another noteworthy Southampton newcomer is Madame Tong’s, a funky Asian fusion eatery at the JL Beach Club run by Ed “Jean-Luc” Kleefeld. Rosa Ross, of Scrimshaw in Greenport, oversees the menu executed by chef Julio Quisbert | For excellent seafood, head straight to Trata East in Water Mill, where chef Christos Christou puts his familiar Greek spin on upscale seafood fare. It’s an offshoot of Trata on the Upper East Side | Beach reading: Edible EastEnd is a new quarterly magazine devoted to the gastronomy and bounty of Long Island’s East End. The gorgeous glossy publication premiered with a spring issue. Complimentary copies are available at farm stands, restaurants, and wineries out east, but you can also purchase a subscription | Move over Aspen and South Beach—the First Annual Hamptons Wine & Food Festival debuts this summer. Alfred Portale, Michael Lomonaco, and recent Beard Award–winner Karen DeMasco are just a few of the culinary luminaries in the impressive lineup of chefs, cookbook authors, and wine experts who’ll descend on the Hayground School in Bridgehampton August 26th and 27th for what is sure to be a stellar new summer tradition.


Rock Lobster has reopened with David Grear (formerly of La Terrasse) as executive chef. Grear’s new menu will include more meat-based offerings | Michelle Iovino is owner and executive chef at Nido, a new South Philadelphia BYOB. She’s the daughter of Franco Iovino, former owner of the long-standing Girasole | Another BYOB on another block: the cash-only Mercato has opened on Spruce Street, a sibling to Valanni across the street. George Anni is the owner and R. Evan Turney is executive chef. Miguel Aguilar (ex-Alma de Cuba) has assumed the spot vacated by Turney at Valanni | Paradiso, an upscale Italian, has joined other more casual eateries on the 1600 block of East Passyunk Avenue. Try the rabbit cacciatore served with mascarpone polenta | Pete Pashalis, Nick Pashalis, and John Lois have opened Estia, an upscale Greek restaurant on Locust Street. The stunning restaurant is designed to transport guests to the Greek Islands with a menu of simply prepared Mediterranean specialties and an indoor courtyard | Over in West Chester, American-born master chocolatier Chris Curtin, who recently returned from nearly 14 years overseas, has opened Éclat, a sophisticated yet intimate chocolate boutique at 24 South High Street. Curtin sources his chocolate from Europe’s leading manufacturers and seeks out single-origin chocolate | Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the architects behind the legendary Philly Soul sound that defined a generation, have teamed up with brothers Robert and Benjamin Bynum, Jr., of Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia, to create The Sound Of Philadelphia (TSOP), a new restaurant, lounge, and nightclub located in the Quarter at Tropicana. TSOP features imaginative, sophisticated soul cuisine and the best in live entertainment, with nightly R+B performances, seven days a week.


Craig Richards has left the kitchen at Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Sean Price (ex-Lidia’s Kansas City) has taken over as executive chef | Popular Thai take-out Green Mango has opened a second restaurant downtown in the space that was Cambodian Phnom Penh | Veteran restaurateur and club operator Clint Pohl opened the Halo Cafe in the historic Cleaves Temple on the South Side. Pohl also owns Sanctuary, a club in a former Strip District church, and Andorra, a popular suburban restaurant | Portugal-born Antonio Pereiri, owner of the South Side Spanish eatery Mallorca, has opened nearby Ibiza, a bar offering 45 different tapas and wines by the glass | Chef Matt Rutkowski joined Simply French as partner and front-of-the-house director. SF is expanding its bistro menu to include small plates of French–Indian fusion | Father and son owners Ronald J. Molinaro and Ronald A. Molinaro have opened Enoteria, a wine bar near their busy Il Pizzaiolo restaurant in Mt. Lebanon | Two properties, Sweet Basil and La Filipiniana, are pooling resources to form a single, upscale entity named (what else?) Sweet Basil and La Filipiniana, serving modern Thai and Filipino cuisine | Kenny B’s, home of the Cuban Sunday brunch, has closed | Morocco-born and France-trained Omar Mediouni (who also owns Downtown’s Casablanca) opened La Casa, a tapas and wine bar located in the former Eno and Bellini space in Shadyside.


The San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association’s Best Chef award went to Jeff Thurston of the Prado Restaurant. Best new restaurant went to Oceanaire Seafood Room. the Rancho Bernardo Inn swept the hotel awards, winning Best Fine Dining for El Bizcocho and Best Casual Dining for The Veranda | La Jolla’s new restaurant Jack’s La Jolla (owned by Jack Berkley) has named Tony DiSalvo as chef. DiSalvo recently spent three years as chef de cuisine at Jean Georges in New York. The restaurant complex features Jack’s Grille, a casual wine bar, the Dining Room at Jack’s for fine dining, and a third-story raw bar complete with views of La Jolla Cove.


Hot time in the city. Or, more precisely, outside the city. In Berkeley, Nathan Peterson of Bay Wolf opened Olivia, a small French-style bistro serving gutsy Mediterranean food | Just north of the city in Mill Valley, the Real Restaurant Group opened Bungalow 44. Executive chef Robert Price will be serving a mostly American menu with a twist, with items like a razor clam cake with chipotle aïoli | And even further north, chef Keith Luce (of the now-defunct Merenda) opened Press in St. Helena. Centered around the grill, Luce roasts chicken, lamb, and pork rotisserie-style over cherry- and almond-wood fires | In June, former Chez Panisse chef Charlie Hallowell opened his long-awaited Pizzaiolo in Oakland. Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas are the main attraction, but Hallowell also offers calamari with chickpeas and aïoli, as well as several pastas | And back in town…Keeping with the trend of expanding beyond Italian food in San Francisco’s North Beach. One Management Group opened the new Mexican-themed Impala in the old Black Cat space. The menu includes jalapeño rellenos and seared ahi with salsa verde and roasted pumpkin seeds | A.J. Gilbert and Joe Jack (of Luna Park fame) sold the Last Supper Club to Ruggero Gadaldi, who also owns the Tuscan-style Antica Trattoria and Venetian Pesce. The menu will focus on the cuisine of Southern Italy between Rome and Sicily.


Chef Shannon Galusha (Campagne and 727 Pine) opened Veil in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood with partner Erik Lindstrom. Together with Tokyo architect Yuko Kunigi, they’ve created a sleek, ultramodern restaurant and lounge. Galusha, a French Laundry alum, also trained in Europe and under two-Michelin-star chef Michel Rostang | Paul Mackay of Mackay Restaurants opened Sea Grill in the new Rainier Pacific Bank in downtown Tacoma. Restaurant designers Arellano/Christofides incorporated many of Mackay’s Waterfront Seafood Grill’s designs, including the signature artichoke chandeliers, while adding a lighted circular bar that glows ocean blue | Nancy and Kaspar Donier transformed their 16-year-old Queen Anne restaurant, Kaspar’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, into a special events and catering venue. Cooking classes will be offered, along with special monthly dinners, holiday buffets, and winemakers’ events. Markus Donier (Kaspar’s brother) will remain the host | Max Muller (Andiamo in Bellevue and Massimi’s in Santa Barbara) opened Massimi’s Ristorante in Bellevue’s Eastgate area. A native of Italy, Muller studied in Switzerland and worked for ten years on a five-star cruise line before settling in Los Angeles as the opening chef of Rex. His latest venture features Northern Italian dishes that showcase the Pacific Northwest bounty | Husband and wife catering team Lisa Dupar (Julep) and Jonathan Zimmer opened Pomegranate in Redmond. The highlight is a 14,000-square-foot show kitchen. General manager Joseph Ricks will oversee the 80-seat restaurant | Recently remodeled Schwartz Brothers’ eatery Spazzo Italian Grill in Bellevue unexpectedly closed after loosing their longtime lease. Schwartz Brothers also shuttered Cucina! Cucina! on South Lake Union, which had turned into the casual dining restaurant Joey’s.


Toshio Fukumoto has closed his sushi restaurant Sawa in Shimo-Kitazawa, moved to another location, and reopened as Fukumoto. For hungry night owls, keep in mind that the restaurant, which features domestic maguro, is open until 1 a.m. | French-trained chef Isao Yanagidate of Reims Yanagidate has joined forces with Chinese-trained chef Eihiro Hayashi to open Ji Quing in Kita-Aoyama, a Cantonese restaurant with French accents | Koji Imai’s Foodscope has opened Maimon Ginza, bringing the total number of Maimons to three in Tokyo and five nationwide | The owners of Daikanyama’s Canoviano Viletta, MOC enter Omotesando with the opening of Ape Reine Tokyo. The chefs are Koji Sato, who opened Roppongi’s Saiki, and Chikara Goto.


Former executive pastry chef Gianluigi Delaccio of Roberto Donna’s Galileo and Laboratorio d'Galileo has joined the ranks of Centro Ristorante in Suburban D.C. as executive pastry chef. He joins a blossoming restaurant which has received great praise from The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Washington Times and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. | Beef, not pork, in the nation’s capital: Old Homestead steakhouse has opened in Bethesda. The New York–based restaurant group hired restaurateur extraordinaire Tom Wallick (TomTom, Roxanne’s) as director of operations. Executive chef is Rob Fleming, who was previously at M&S Grill in Reston | Chef roundup: Jeffrey Potter was named general manager and executive chef-in-residence of Sheila Johnson’s new Market Salamander in Middleburg, Virginia. Edward Kim is the new chef at Merkado at 1443 P Street NW. He was previously at Soigne in Baltimore. Michael Cordero recently named Carmen Piazza as the new executive chef at Bravo’s Italian Café in Fairfax. Piazza trained in Italy and worked at Cafe Milano here in Georgetown | Perry’s owner, Saied Azali, will open Viridian on 14th Street NW in Logan Circle where a car showroom used to be. His partners include Sidra Forman, pastry chef from Ruppert’s, and developer Giorgio Furioso | A second Tandoori Nights is slated to open in the area, according to owner Anil Miglani, where Big Bowl was in Clarendon’s Market Commons. The 175-seat restaurant is slated to open in October | Melrose at the Park Hyatt has closed (the last supper was July 31), but will reopen as a new concept with new decor (by renowned designer Tony Chi). Brian McBride will remain the chef. Look for a debut in Spring 2006 | Cold off the press: Extra Virgin is open in Arlington. Commercial retail broker Shary Thur, who usually scouts locations for restaurateurs, found herself a restaurant to run. Specializing in modern Italian cuisine, Extra Virgin brings a sophisticated yet accessible dining experience to the Shirlington neighborhood with Daniele Catalani (ex-Galileo) as executive chef. A menu of Extra Virgin olive oils will be offered à la carte.


New Jersey

Drew Nieporent is at it again. He’s teaming up with the high-flying billionaire Richard Branson to open his Virgin Spa at Natirar. Slated to debut in 2007, the property is set in an expansive retreat in Peapack, New Jersey, that was once the estate of Morocco’s King Hassan II. Nieporent is charged with creating two restaurants at the spa—a Tribeca Grill spin-off as well as a more formal dining room. Celebrated designer David Rockwell will create the spaces | Godfrey Polistina, the entrepreneur behind Manhattan’s Off The Menu Restaurant Group, opened a second location of his immensely popular ’Cesca at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. The new restaurant features a wine bar, casual café, and a refined dining room, as well as a menu of contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The executive chef is Mark Vardian.

Orlando, FL

Star Chef Norman Van Aken invites you to join in the 2 Year Anniversary celebration of NORMAN'S Orlando Friday, August 12th, 2005. Champagne and Hors D'oeuvre Reception begins at 6:00 pm, followed by a Four Course Seated Dinner with Wine Pairings at 7:00 pm. $195.00 Per Person. NORMAN'S is located at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL., 32837, Phone: 407.393.4333 Reserve your space or host a table by calling 407.393.4764 or email

Cabo San Lucas, Atlantic City, Cannes & NYC

Penrod’s Nikki Beach, known around the world as "Paradise on Earth," has expanded its reach with new locations in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Atlantic City, NJ. Next up this summer are Cannes, France and New York City, NY. The Nikki Beach empire is favored among the Hollywood celebrity set, with existing venues in South Beach in Miami, Florida; St. Tropez, France; Marbella, Spain; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Hollywood, Florida; Buzios, Brazil; Sardinia, Italy and the island of St. Barths.