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Westin Unveils New Restaurant Concept Grill & Vine At The Westin San Francisco Airport

Friday, January 11, 2013
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Westin Hotels & Resorts’ newest restaurant concept, Grill & Vine, will open at The Westin San Francisco Airport on January 11, 2013. Grill & Vine will offer a modernized reinterpretation of the classic bar and grill designed in signature tavern style.

“The Starwood North America Food & Beverage Team, in collaboration with the Westin Brand Team and the Leadership Team at the Westin San Francisco Airport, is thrilled to launch the new restaurant and bar concept of Grill & Vine,” said Brian Abel, Vice President, Food & Beverage, North America. “This is the first of what is planned to be a multi-unit restaurant concept to roll out across North America as well as in other key markets globally at Westin Hotels & Resorts.”

Grill & Vine’s menu, developed in collaboration with the Starwood Culinary Corporate team with input from Executive Chef Werner Fankhauser, will offer traditional favorites with a modern twist. Items will complement the Westin Brand’s core values as well as speak to the current dining trends of eating simple, light, fresh fare with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. For breakfast, many dishes are designated as SuperFoodsRx, a program implemented by Starwood Hotels to provide healthy food alternatives on the hotel’s menu. Ingredients rich in nutrients and antioxidants make up dishes like Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, Smoked Salmon Benedict, and Eggs Chilaquiles. Other options include a Crisp Malted Waffle, Lox and Bagel, and Fried Egg & Turkey Sandwich. Breakfast also features a selection of hand-pressed fruit and vegetable juices. For lunch and dinner, Grill & Vine guests can choose from snacks and starters including Deviled Eggs, Slow Braised Pulled Pork on brioche, and Sweet Potato Bisque. Salads, Sandwiches and Flatbreads include a Curly Kale Caesar Salad, Foraged Mushroom and Bacon Flatbread, and the Grill & Vine Burger. Paying homage to the name of the restaurant, the Simply Grilled dishes include Black Angus NY Strip Steak and Salmon Fillet, while the San Francisco’s Cioppino celebrates the City’s culinary heritage. While the food at Grill & Vine plays a starring role, there is also a wide selection of fresh, artisanal cocktails, craft beers, and a considerable wine program including organic wines.

A hallmark of the wine program at Grill & Vine is the restaurant’s Enomatic® Wine System, a state-of-the-art wine preservation and serving system that displaces the air in open bottles of wine and preserves it for up to 30 days. This allows for the restaurant to serve up to a dozen wines at the perfect temperature by the glass that would otherwise need to be sold by the bottle. The Enomatic Wine System is also a visually stunning focal point of the restaurant, with sleek lines and modern appearance. In addition to the Enomatic Wines, Grill & Vine offers a well-rounded list of local and international wines by the bottle.

Other key design features of Grill & Vine will include communal tables as centerpieces, bringing guests together in a vibrant space. A menu board hanging above the kitchen will showcase the daily specials or Chef’s favorite dishes. Lighting and natural colors and finishes set the tone for the atmosphere. Furniture will be in shades of greens, greys and purples and a combination of light and dark woods. The overall aesthetic is meant to bring a taste of wine country to The Westin San Francisco Airport.

“We are incredibly honored to open the first Grill & Vine here at The Westin San Francisco Airport,” said Ryan Laskey, General Manager, The Westin San Francisco Airport. “The restaurant will be a lively and inviting presence in our hotel and a welcome addition for guests and locals alike.”

Grill & Vine will be open continuously from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., the bar will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., and the restaurant will offer room service to The Westin San Francisco Airport guests 24 hours a day.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoods and WestinWORKOUT studio – have been designed with the guests’ well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT). Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,112 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.westin.com

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