MONTEREY, CA--(Marketwired - September 08, 2016) - Sanctuary Beach Resort on the Monterey Bay announced today that Kula Ranch Maui Steak House has closed after eight years of serving the community; the property is currently developing a new dining concept that will complement both the hotel and the surrounding community. Located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean -- nestled in the heart of the Marine Dunes Preserve -- on 19 acres of secluded oceanfront shoreline, this unique resort was purchased earlier this year by Pennsylvania-based REIT Hersha Hospitality Trust, who have plans to enhance and reposition the property.
To create this new signature restaurant, Sanctuary Beach Resort has hired some of the industry's top hospitality, branding and design experts, including Bespoke Concepts -- a boutique hospitality advisory agency known for creating renowned food and beverage concepts for some of the world's leading hotel brands such as Buddy V's at The Venetian in Las Vegas and the new Copper Bar at The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. The owners have also engaged both Farouki Farouki, a full service architecture and design studio with prior experience designing restaurants and bars for Morgans Hotel Group and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and The MadeShop, a unique branding agency who has recently opened the acclaimed Nickel restaurant in the Hotel Teatro in Denver.
Set to open in early 2017 after an extensive remodel and upgrade, both returning and new staff will look forward to welcoming back hotel guests and members of the community to enjoy the best of Monterey County's incredible regional fare, which will utilize sustainable and local ingredients. From an extensive oyster and raw bar offering, live fire cooking, and house-made charcuterie to an expanded beverage program, including an impressive list of regional wines, craft beers, coffee and cocktails -- this new concept will be appealing to all audiences for all occasions.
"We are a chef-driven company and our perspective starts in the kitchen, taking influence from what is available to us locally," says Bespoke Concepts Principal Jake Linzinmeir. "With the restaurant in such close proximity to the sea, while being surrounded on the inland side by abundant fields, our sources of inspiration and sustainable ingredients are boundless. We look forward to working with the local community-supported agriculture and fisheries as we build our concept and menus."
The addition of a remodeled dining room and patio space will allow for year-round use, more seats, accommodations for larger groups and weddings, as well as private dining rooms and upgraded IT and audio visual for corporate and executive retreats.
Sanctuary Beach Resort looks forward to this next chapter for their signature restaurant and thanks the ownership and staff of Kula Ranch Maui Steak House after many years of service to locals and guests of the resort.
Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) is a self-advised real estate investment trust in the hospitality sector, which owns and operates high quality upscale hotels in urban gateway markets. The Company's 55 hotels totaling 8,763 rooms are located in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Miami and select markets on the West Coast. The Company's shares are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "HT".