Restaurant Michael Schwartz to Open at the Raleigh April 22 (Photos)

We first heard in 2011 that Michael Schwartz was taking over the restaurant at the Raleigh Hotel. Now, about one and a half years later, the endeavor's opening date and name have finally been revealed.

Restaurant Michael Schwartz will open Monday, April 22, at the iconic South Beach art deco hotel as part of an extensive plan that will include renovations of the rooms, suites, and many of the common areas.

Schwartz's new place will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. In addition, the restaurant will offer snacks and room service to hotel guests. There will even be boxed lunches for beachgoers.

The menu was created by a culinary team including Schwartz, Michael's

Genuine Food & Drink executive chef Bradley Herron, MGFD executive pastry chef

Hedy Goldsmith, and Restaurant

Michael Schwartz executive chef Daniel Ganem.

Restaurant Michael Schwartz will source local

products whenever possible. The menu will feature shared plates, perfect

for dining on the lantern-lit outdoor terrace.

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The menu will

be updated daily with seasonal selections from Schwartz's favorite

farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.

Expect items such as grilled octopus

with crushed hazelnuts, green olives, kumquat, preserved lemon, and

parsley, and steak tartare with fresh herbs, crispy shallots, quail egg

yolk, and grilled bread. Beginning in May, the restaurant will offer a

Monday-night family meal -- a weekly prix fixe menu featuring four courses

served family-style.

Schwartz has also taken over the Raleigh's

Martini Bar and will offer innovative cocktails based on classic

libations. Each Tuesday, a guest mixologist will spotlight a martini


Michael Schwartz recently opened the Cypress Room in the Design District and plans to open a restaurant at the SLS Hotel in Brickell in the distant future.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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