Check-in to Room Service

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 10 - 2012

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

It’s no secret that we love swanky hotel stays. After all, who wouldn’t want to live just like Eloise at the Plaza? There’s no denying that one of the absolute, best parts of said stays, to quote Pretty Woman, is the “Room Service picnic.” Seriously, there’s just nothing more delicious after a long night of fun than having gourmet food delivered to your room- the squeaky wheels of the delivery cart, the giant silver domes concealing what will certainly be cause for remorse in the light of day…aaahhh, we digress… 

Now, thanks to Room Service Restaurant Lounge, one of the most unique restaurant/lounge concepts to date, you can delight in the fabulous food fest, complete with the feel of being at the hotel, without the hefty surcharges.  What makes Room Service so unique? Well it’s actually a restaurant and late-night lounge, disguised as a hotel- complete with a front desk where guests can “check-in,” sexy bellhops wearing gold spandex mini-skirts, French maids in fishnet stockings and butlers.  Yes, you get your own private butler.  After checking in you’ll be escorted to a private suite to feast on an extensive, eclectic menu served on room service carts, squeaky wheels and all! 

Room Service officially opened its doors a couple of weeks ago with a grand opening celebration for over 600 guests who walked a black carpet before being whisked into the expansive resto-lounge to enjoy butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, created by celebrated local Chef Miguel Emmanuelli, who honed his culinary expertise at the 51 Supper Club, the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Hotels. 

Beautiful girls, dressed in traditional, albeit skimpy, Russian costumes, right down to their furry ushankas, served signature Room Service cocktails provided by Russian Standard vodka-including the “Suite 929” and the “Moscow Check-in.” The evening also featured dance music, dancers, flowing bubbly provided by Perrier-Jouët and culminated with a spectacular, live Master Mixologist show. 

According to owners, Tamara Young and Richard Ford, “We are so excited to bring a new vibe and concept to South Beach, with Room Service Restaurant Lounge. Our spectacular 5-star Luxury Hotel environment is ideal for dining and lounging, 6 days a week. We are excited to be a part of Miami Beach.” Every night, at 11 pm, the restaurant transforms into a lounge with a DJ who plays dance music and a “Night Cap” midnight menu featuring small plates.  The owners also plan to host different themed nights in the upcoming weeks.  Monday nights are all about football- expect food and drink specials, and all sorts of football action played on over 10 televisions.  We’ll be napping in our suite.

Room Service Restaurant Lounge is located at 929 Washington Avenue,


The Blacksmith Hosts Green Room Society

On Friday, October 5, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ young patron’s membership group, Green Room Society (GRS), hosted its 2012-2013 season kick-off event at Miami’s newest pop-up bar, The Blacksmith, which is open only on Friday nights at The Well, right next to the Forge. An exclusive crowd of 50 celebrated the launch of the Arsht Center’s 7th season and the inaugural 2012-2013 Live at Knight series which will include star-studded acts such as Talib Kweli, Macy Gray, Lenine, Matisyahu, Kodo and Esperanza Spalding. Attendees enjoyed the sounds of Austin Cohen (DJ AC) andThe Super Fuzz, while sipping on signature Bombay Sapphire cocktails.

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