Sanctuary Beach Resort in Monterey, Calif., announced 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.
Hersha Hospitality Trust, which purchased the resort earlier this year, 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. The owners have also engaged both Farouki Farouki, a full-service architecture and design studio with previous experience designing restaurants and bars for Morgans Hotel Group and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and The MadeShop, a branding agency that recently opened the acclaimed Nickel restaurant in the Hotel Teatro in Denver.
Set to open in early 2017 after an extensive remodel and upgrade, the restaurant 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.
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.