Team Behind Lionfish To Revamp Hotel Del Coronado's Onsite Restaurant & Dining Options At Sycuan Casino

January 14, 2019

Clique Hospitality, the company behind Lionfish restaurant at Pendry San Diego, has been tasked with revamping Sycuan Casino's culinary options, as well as Hotel Del Coronado's onsite fine dining restaurant, which will replace 1500 Ocean with Serēa - a seafood-focused menu from Executive Chef Jojo Ruiz.

1500 Ocean shuttered at the 131-year-old Hotel Del Coronado at the close of 2018, with former lead chef Patrick Ponsaty being appointed to a new corporate role of Executive Sous Chef for the hotel, working under Executive Chef Stefan Peroutka. Prior to becoming 1500 Ocean in 2006, the restaurant space within the hotel’s Ocean Terrace mall was The Luau Room tiki bar from 1949-1969, followed by a bar and eatery called "Prince of Wales Grille", which was opened by longtime Hotel Del president and manager Carlton Lichty in January 1970.

The new concept to be installed in the coming months is Serēa, which means mermaid in old Portuguese and will offer Chef Jojo Ruiz's "sea-to-table" menu blending California and Mediterranean styles with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant will also house a full bar that Clique hopes will bring some nightlife to the historic resort. Serēa aims to open by this Spring after a full design overhaul of the former 1500 space. Hotel Del Coronado's other dining options will also receive a refresher over the next three year.

Clique Hospitality was founded in 2001 by Andy Masi, the former Light Group founder and CEO, along with his partners Brian Massie and Shane Monaco. The hospitality firm specializes in "upscale, comfortable and trendsetting dining. Locally, it developed Lionfish, Oxford Social Club, and The Pool House for downtown's Pendry San Diego hotel and oversees several venues in Las Vegas. Chef Jojo Ruiz has been helming the kitchen at Lionfish since 2017.

Clique is also signed on to open three concepts at San Diego's Sycuan Casino over the coming year. New establishments to be installed at Sycuan include "casino-defining" steakhouse & whiskey bar Bull & Bourbon, high-end cocktail hotspot and Asian restaurant Elicit Bar & Lounge, and Retreat Pool and Cabanas, which will be an enormous outdoor retreat with two pools, a lazy river, and a pool deck with cabanas.

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