Celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi opens at ‘Margaritaville’

| 15/10/2018 | 22 Comments
Roy Yamaguchi, Cayman News Service

Roy Yamaguchi

(CNS): Award-winning celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi is opening his first restaurant in the Caribbean, one of three new eateries at the Margaritaville Beach Resort on Grand Cayman. Eating House 1503, a spin-off of Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 in Hawaii, will be offering “an eclectic menu”, according to a release. The resort will officially relaunch on 1 November, less than two years after the Jimmy Buffett themed hotel first opened on the site of the former Treasure Island resort. The overhauled property now includes 285 guest rooms, adding around 100 rooms to Cayman’s existing inventory, as well as new meeting and event space, a ballroom and fitness centre.

The resort revamp also includes Frank + Lola’s in the open-air lobby, serving pizzas, homemade ice cream and gelato, as well as Spread, a deli-meets-wine-bar-style restaurant and the third of the new dining places. The hotel now has three swimming pools, including one with the swim-up to 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    hope they learn lessons from the yara fiasco. everybody involved with yara should hang their heads in shame.
    the place needs a good common diner/sports bar to suit their clientelle…

    • Anonymous says:

      Especially the dudebro chef who spent more time posting photos of pet projects with rare cuts of meat on Facebook than he did on the actual food served at the restaurant. Basics before whiskey-ocean-200-day-aged-CAB.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Never heard of him.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I do think that place lacks on site experienced management. I stopped at the bar formally known as Yara about 6 weeks ago for happy hour. Probably one of the last nights before closing for rebranding. Drinks were fine. But I almost turned and left. They had a band in the lobby playing SO loud that there is no way i would have sat in the lobby bar, and no way i could have had a conversation with the front desk. It was brutal, but just clear that the inmates are in charge of the asylum.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree, the band is wayyyyyy too loud. I don’t go somewhere to not be able to chat with my friends and watch a no name artist.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Should put an ice rink in the middle of it and invite Kristi down for a few shows.

  5. Anonymous says:

    But it’s still just TI Resort with a lick of new paint. When it was in long-term let I took a room there and had to move out because it was so damp then the room they moved me to was just as bad. The harsh reality is that the large sections of the structure had so many issues the only real solution was a wrecking ball and you do have to wonder how long it will be before the wheels fall off this project.

    • Anonymous says:

      They actually gutted it and I think it looks way nicer! TI was a roach motel so I’m glad they fixed it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Lipstick on a pig

        • Anonymous says:

          3:22 Or as the old saying goes, ‘You can’t polish a t**d!’

          As I understand it the big issue with TI was sprayed concrete construction. When the place was built it was reckoned to be state-of-art but over the years more than a few issues have emerged. I don’t know how widespread this is but in some of the condos all the water pipes are buried in the structure so if there’s a leak you have to go in with a hammer and chisel to get to it. A friend of mine, who is in the plumbing trade, had one and it was great until things started to go wrong then it was a mess.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why do you have to be so negative .. have you seen the place lately, I for one welcome the change and the diversity it brings to Cayman. I had a tour of the remodel rooms and they are very nice.

  6. OneVoice says:

    Great news, Now that HHG is out things are moving forward . Thing are looking good there I am a local and I had a sandwich from Spread it good and the prices are pertly reasonable

  7. Anon says:

    Fabulous! Ate at his restaurant in Kauai. His food is incredible! So happy!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Did Yara close down? Is this restaurant going in that space?

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is incredible news for Cayman! Roy’s ribs are to die for!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Does he know the track record for restaurants at that location? hahaha

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