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Editor’s note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of Austin’s restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

Cinnaholic, the over-the-top cinnamon roll bakery chain, is coming to The Arboretum soon, right across from Amy’s Ice Creams, at 10000 Research Boulevard, Suite 136. (Can we get an Amy’s-Cinnaholic sundae combo, please?) These cinnamon rolls are topped with frosting, cookie dough, fruit, and more. The bakery posted August 17 on Facebook that it’s looking to hire 20 bakery employees, although the opening date is still to be determined.

Just a quick jaunt into the Hill Country, RR 12 Supper Club of Wimberley is now open. This upscale restaurant is a private dining club once a week on Tuesdays, and open to anyone Wednesdays through Saturdays. Memberships will also extend to exclusive events. The menu — relatively long for a restaurant of this formality — includes foie gras, imported burrata, escargot, pastas, steaks, and more. Reserve on Tock.

Other news and notes

One of Austin’s top-rated CBD brands, Restart CBD, is celebrating four years in business with an in-store birthday party August 18. Stop by the retail store, #150A at 2521 Rutland Drive, from 4 pm to 6:30 pm to try the brownie bite birthday cake, CBD-dosed frozen drinks, giveaways, and gift bags. Shoppers who can’t make it in person will enjoy special offers, “freebies and free shipping on every order placed” that day. Order at restartcbd.com.

August 26 is National Dog Day, and surely in a place like Austin there will be plenty to do. Here’s one: Asian smokehouse Loro and dog treat makers the Pawstin Barkery are teaming up to provide free gourmet dog snacks on the restaurant’s patio, while they last. They’re made with peanut butter, bananas and Loro beef tallow. Loro is an easy place to eat with dogs year-round, and serves barbecue by James Beard award-winning chefs Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin.

Maie Day is settling in on South Congress after its highly anticipated May 2022 debut, and now serves a new happy hour menu from Tuesday through Sunday, 3 pm to 5 pm. It’s also extending regular service on the same days from 3 pm to 10 pm. Happy hour at Maie Day means $12 signature cocktails ($3 less than usual), $2 off beer and wine by the glass, and half off bottles. Snack specials include chicken wings, loaded fries, two shrimp dishes, and more.

The popular wine bar Aviary Wine & Kitchen is now open on Sundays with a new service just for those new times. Starting August 28th, on Sundays from 3 pm to 9 pm, Aviary’s menu highlights “Snacks and Tins.” These include charcuterie items like pickled mushrooms, marinated olives, and pastrami, plus seafood options like mussels en escabeche, sardinillas, and yellowfin. All wine will be on sale ($2 off glasses, $10 off bottles).

If your prom didn’t have enough ice cream (likely) or awkwardness (unlikely), redo it at the Museum of Ice Cream. It announced an “Awkward Prom” scheduled for September 21, benefitting Heard, a Saint City program that connects service industry workers with mental health resources. There will be food, a curated cocktail menu (each person gets two tickets with entry), a silent auction, dancing, and ice cream. Tickets ($75) are available on Ticketbud.

Photo by Jessica Attie, Courtesy of Higher Ground

Elevated Austin cocktail bar throws a heavenly week-long party

Bring me a higher love

Sometimes a birthday just doesn't cut it: Not all your friends can make it on the same night, or you plan a separate celebration with family because there's no guarantee things won't get out of hand at the official party. Or maybe you just deserve to be celebrated all week long, which is likely Higher Ground's reasoning behind its upcoming week-long anniversary event.

Opened in 2021, the elevated cocktail bar in the historic space at 720 Congress Ave. in downtown Austin is unassuming from the outside, but like most things, it's what's on the inside that counts. One step inside transports guests to a space that's part cathedral, part Prohibition drinks lounge, part intimate night club: Quasimodo, Gatsby, and Jennifer Lopez would all feel at home here.

The interior decor was a group effort (Lauren Travis of All Collective, Taylor Clouse of Love Country Designs, and Alexis Williams) with a unified theme of salvaged church artifacts and iconography for a gothic yet playful nod to divine spaces. Downstairs, diners sit on church pews from a decommissioned West Texas church; upstairs, a 19th-century organ finds new life as an LED-lit DJ booth for the bar's best dance parties. Outside, a secret, ivy-covered enclave known as the Sanctuary serves cocktails and al fresco dining in a greenhouse-style atrium.

The ecclesiastic theme carries on in both the food and beverage menu, with Italian-inspired fare from chef Chris Gallucio (Michelin-starred Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Gramercy Tavern) and drinks from mixologist Steven Delgado. Signature cocktails are named after the seven deadly sins ("Pride" really does go before a fall, while absinthe and mezcal are the spiritual roots of "Lust"). Gallucio's small "offerings" feature equally sinful indulgences such as blistered shishito peppers and whipped ricotta bruschetta, while the Higher Burger ($5 on Wednesdays) is good for the soul if not for the heart. Don't skip the delectable drunken apple fritters, either.

All of this is cause enough to stop by any (or every) night of next week's festivities, which will feature food and drink specials as well as unique entertainment in the bar, dining room, and sanctuary. A full lineup of events is below:

  • Tuesday, August 16: $1 East Coast oysters, $1 Bubbly all night with music by Eric Bowden from 5 pm-8 pm
  • Wednesday, August 17: $1 Sliders, $1 Lone Star from 4 pm until midnight
  • Thursday, August 18: complimentary food & drink tastings starting at 4 pm; Revival - 7pm Saxxdoc + Docblust followed by DJ Soleiman and DJ AJ with surprise performances until 2 am
  • Friday, August 19: Four Record Friday with When Where What 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm Special Anniversary Edition followed by Good Fridays from 9:30 pm to 2 am featuring Harvey Bombay, Royal NV, and Eli Arbor
  • Saturday, August 20: Afterglow Let There Be Light, 6 pm - 2 am featuring Mirror Mirror, Errow, Henry Mora, Ashten Troyy, Hotmessmeesh, Hoodatboy, and Sista Krista

For up-to-date information, follow @HigherGroundATX on social media or visit HigherGroundATX.com.

Quasimodo, Gatsby, and Jennifer Lopez would all feel at home at Higher Ground.

Photo by Jessica Attie, Courtesy of Higher Ground
Quasimodo, Gatsby, and Jennifer Lopez would all feel at home at Higher Ground.
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South Austin neighborhood bistro boasts all-new look, name, chef, and menu

Bistro my heart

One of South Austin’s newest neighborhood staples has refreshed, rebranded, and revealed both new leadership and new menus. Goodbye, 1417 Bistro; hello, 1417 French Bistro — because who doesn’t love a bit of added French flare?

Opened by Allison Welsh in July 2021, the Bouldin Creek bistro is an exploration of French-inspired cuisine. Launching the rebranded concept and new menu items on August 1, Welsh welcomes new executive chef Kyle Mulligan (formerly of Salty Sow, Trio at Four Seasons Hotel, Cipollina, and Kemuri Tatsu hya) to the team.

While refocusing to reflect traditional French bistro fare, Mulligan’s new menu will still feature 1417 favorites like the duck confit crepes, with added items such as a hearty jambon sandwich, escargot, French onion soup, and many more starting on August 1. He is particularly excited about the chilled scallop salad, where preserved lemon vinaigrette pairs with the sweetness of the scallops and carrot while bright and slightly bitter greens add a delightful crunch.

The restaurant works with local urban farms Hausbar and Joe’s Organics for microgreens and edible flowers.

Also refreshed on the menu are the pastries, with new items by Amy Moore and a bread program led by Maggie Fleuger. Classic French cocktails also join the already well-curated beverage menu, which will now include a French 75, Sidecar, and Vieux Carre.

But the bistro’s glow-up is not confined to the kitchen: Welsh also updated the interior décor, curating an equal parts elevated and inviting feel for diners with modern artwork, midcentury furniture, and plenty of greenery.

Open weekdays from 4 pm to 10 pm, happy hour is available Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. On weekends, the bistro serves brunch between 10 am and 3 pm and reopens for dinner from 5 pm to 11 pm (Saturdays) or 10 pm (Sundays).

1417 French Bistro features both refreshed interiors and menus.

Photo by Johanesen Photography
1417 French Bistro features both refreshed interiors and menus.
Photo by Jane Yung

Mueller's first boutique hotel books into bustling Austin neighborhood

Mueller memo

A long-awaited boutique hotel in the heart of the Mueller neighborhood officially opened its doors on Friday, June 24. Origin Hotel Austin, the first Texas outpost for the lifestyle-focused boutique brand by Mississippi-based Thrash Group, is situated at 1825 McBee St., right in the middle of the bustling neighborhood.

The new five-story, 120-room property broke ground in July 2020, and features an onsite restaurant, Blue Lacy, which opens on Monday, June 27. With a mission to cultivate exploration of the surrounding area, encourage well-being, and foster connection, the hotel hopes to become “the front door to one of the best backyards,” according to a release.

“There are few places that celebrate individuality like Austin. We knew Origin Hotel would be a natural fit in this dynamic destination and especially at the heart of Mueller’s town center,” said Joe Thrash, partner at The Thrash Group, in the release. “The quality of product Catellus has achieved with Mueller is simply staggering; it’s become a case study for creating a real urban environment. We are thrilled to be part of it and serve guests as the new neighborhood hotel.”

Blue Lacy joins Mueller’s already impressive list of restaurants, cafés, and bars, including L'Oca d'Oro, Halcyon, Lick Honest Ice Creams, and B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub.

Named after the working dog breed that originated in Texas (and the Lone Star state’s official dog), Blue Lacy offers a 121-seat modern, diner-inspired layout and a breezy courtyard spilling onto the Aldrich Street paseo. The casual-chic eatery features dishes and bites suitable for any time of day, with a menu focused on remixed food favorites like chicken ‘n waffle kabobs or avocado toast bruschetta. Heartier fare includes the classic diner burger and not-so-chicken-fried ribeye, plus brunch items like the breakfast Monte Cristo sandwich or smoked salmon bagel.

The beverage menu mirrors the restaurant's all-day offerings, with Cuvee Coffee and signature cocktails such as the frozen Watermelon Sugar High. Your four-legged friend can even imbibe along with you, with dedicated “For the Dogs” selections like Bowser Beer — best paired with doggie ice cream.

The hotel itself is equally dog-friendly, with Pup Packages for those traveling with furry companions. Other add-ons cater to every kind of traveler, with Mind Collective yoga mats and Peloton bikes delivered to rooms for the fitness-focused, or the Kids’ Adventure Kit — complete with a tent and sleeping bag for an imaginative “camping” experience.

All guests can enjoy amenities like the spacious gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a welcoming and social lobby, gorgeous outdoor gathering spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi, valet parking, a welcome treat from Austin’s homegrown Lammes Candies, and more.

Austin-based Lake Flato and Ohio-based Lusk Architecture designed both the hotel and restaurant, while Flick Mars provided the interior architecture design and Studio Balcones designed the courtyard. The overall intent was to fit the hotel into its surrounding urban context, complementing the existing structures in the area. The exterior brick utilized is from local Texas plants, for example, while the use of board-formed concrete references the adjacent Mueller Diamond building and corrugated metal walls and roof panels complement the adjacent Thinkery children’s museum.

Guests and Aldrich Street pedestrians alike will catch a glimpse of a new piece of public art, the “It’s So Texas” mural, an original commissioned painting by Austin-based artist Heidi Pitre, interpreted as a large-scale spray paint mural by local artist Brittany Johnson, featured prominently in the courtyard.

To celebrate its grand opening, Origin Hotel Austin has launched a special offer available now through August 31, 2022, for eligible stays through December 31, 2022. The offer includes 22 percent off accommodations and two signature cocktails at Blue Lacy and can be reserved online at originhotelaustin.com or by calling 512-861-1140.

Origin Hotel Austin officially opened its doors on Friday, June 24.

Photo by Jane Yung
Origin Hotel Austin officially opened its doors on Friday, June 24.
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Exclusive New York dating app Lox Club brings matchmaking magic to Austin

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

The good news about dating apps is there are new members every day. The bad news about dating apps is those new faces are often the same people rejoining and switching apps, over and over again. There’s little to no commitment or continuity within each platform. An exclusive app called Lox Club is new in Austin and trying to break that cycle.

Lox Club, born during the pandemic in response to a widely-shared longing to meet people in public again, made its Texas debut during South by Southwest after successfully building hubs in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. It calls itself — with a strong dose of silliness according to founder Austin Kevitch — an “app for Jews with ridiculously high standards.”

Like the fictional deli Lox Club is modeled after, it considers itself culturally Jewish, but accepts members of all kinds, and actually operates with pretty reasonable standards. Although it doesn’t share an acceptance rate, app store reviewers speculate most people are accepted. Rejected applicants go back on a waiting list to be re-reviewed later. From there, members get 10 to 15 swipes per hour, and help from a matchmaker on staff if they ask for it, hopefully avoiding burnout or autopiloting.

“We have a membership committee,” Kevitch explains of the application process, which shepherds each potential user through a series of questions about careers, goals, and that user’s interest in joining a Jewish community. “We want people to be authentic and honest, and silly in the application … we don't care about your Instagram followers … it's more about down-to-earth-people who don't take themselves too seriously.”

Each profile is very simple, but every element is required, thus eliminating the low-effort profiles that litter other apps with one obscure image or no text. Aside from one short field of 50 characters, the rest of the profile is Hinge-like: a list of personal facts and three very short finish-the-sentence type prompts.

On May 10, Lox Club rolled out a digital card game to use on dates, targeting the potential awkwardness of coming up with topics. The cards are awkward on purpose, meant to inspire silliness or a taste of social abandon. “How many other dates did you go on this week?” asks one card. "Kiss right now and rate it 1-10," dares another.

The club’s love for people who don’t take themselves seriously can sometimes lead to profiles with dismissive or self-deprecating attitudes, but taking a chance on a sarcastic tone is ultimately their matches’ choice. In fact, this dry humor is the broadest tangible link to the Jewish culture the app claims as an identity. The thoroughness of making a profile and a monthly fee alone certainly deter users less serious about the app itself.

Ultimately, without long, meandering profiles, it can be hard to vet potential matches without meeting in person. This — somewhat counterintuitively — is the point. This is the intangible Jewish culture link: essentially, the feeling of meeting someone at a deli until you begin to recognize them.

At events, members slowly get to know each other in essentially the opposite of speed dating. Feelings have a chance to develop more naturally, and some of those feelings may even lead to super stable platonic bonds that make dating more bearable together. If attendees don’t leave with a strong feeling about anyone in particular, at least they enjoyed a night out, and got to know some others in the community without feeling awkward about an unsuccessful night together.

“That's the whole point of the Lox Club brand being focused on absurdism, making fun of dating,” says Kevitch. “I would acknowledge, ‘Look, I think you're awesome. I don't think we're compatible romantically. But we should be friends, because we're going to run into each other at Lox Club events, and we can laugh at it together.’”

New York, hometown of Lox Club, has the most frequent events, from Broadway plays to comedy shows. Since the fake deli speakeasy is still so new in Austin, it hasn’t had many events yet. So far, there has been an invite-only mixer at Juniper, a SXSW kickoff party at Bangers that doubled as the app kickoff, and a meetup at the Nova Room in all four cities.

“I feel like we need something like Disney,” says Kevitch. “I’m obsessed with Disney, and escape rooms, and magic shows, [and] speakeasies. Any themed experiences, I think, are so fun and take the edge off of the awkwardness. Most of the other apps are very sterile [without] a story behind it.”

Every dating app has some kind of twist to lessen that pain. At the end of the day, with so many users on so many different platforms, it’s the culture that makes the experience. And however we feel about apps having their own cultures, it’s 2022, and taking those cultures seriously is one strong path to a more balanced future in dating. Get out there and find a mensch or two.

Photo by Mackenzie Smith Kelley

Olamaie team brings new steakhouse to swanky South Congress Hotel

High Steaks

Just when you thought the South Congress area couldn’t get any cooler, an acclaimed hospitality group cooks up something new.

The team behind acclaimed Central Austin restaurant Olamaie has announced it will open a steakhouse at South Congress Hotel this spring. The news may be bittersweet for some, as the new concept, Maie Day, will take over the hotel’s existing New American restaurant, Central Standard.

Projected to open on May 1, Maie Day is a collaboration between the New Waterloo team (behind South Congress Hotel) and Maie B Hospitality, helmed by founder and executive chef Michael Fojtasek. Fojtasek, known for his award-winning first concept, Olamaie, will serve as executive chef at the new South Congress outpost.

The two hospitality groups have partnered previously on Little Ola’s Biscuits at Butler Pitch & Putt, which opened in 2021. “New Waterloo is exceptionally good at bringing the right people into a room to build ideas that have intention and vibrancy. Together, MaieB Hospitality and New Waterloo bring a level of execution and devotion to excellence that gives strength to our overall vision,” says Fojtasek in a release.

Much like the ancient tradition itself, Maie Day will be a daily festival of food and community, with a menu designed around playful takes on classic steakhouse options. Appetizers will include smoked fish dip, peel and eat shrimp with Maie Day Sauce, cold shaved prime rib, and Texas chopped salad. Mains will feature a daily grilled whole fish, grass-fed rib-eye, a butcher’s steak, and prime rib. A plethora of sides will include scalloped potatoes, grilled green beans, and creamed corn, grilled tomatoes, while rumor has it that the dessert program will feature the greatest cookie tower South Congress has ever seen.

“To experience the food of a chef as talented as Michael is inspiring,” says New Waterloo partner Bart Knaggs. “To see he's got the heart of a lion is inspiring at a whole other level. I know he can cook, but I'm more excited about his ambition to do it all the right way, for the right reasons. Culinary excellence is the necessary element; cultural leadership is the compelling one. Michael has both — that's the kind of person you want to be around. When thinking about the right team to create a new restaurant at South Congress Hotel, Michael was the immediate answer.”

No stranger to the spotlight, Fojtasek is a three-time finalist for James Beard's Best Chef: Southwest finalist and was also named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2015. While his menu at Maie Day will be the main attraction, the reimagined Central Standard space will remain a draw for the swanky South Congress spot.

“The intention behind Maie Day’s interiors is to bring warmth to the space and allow the food and the people to shine above all else,” says New Waterloo designer Olenka Hand.

Central Standard’s last day of operation will be this Saturday, April 2, with Maie Day’s opening set for May 1. Hours will be 3-10 pm daily, with brunch coming soon. Reservations are available now at maieday.com, and complimentary two-hour parking in the South Congress Hotel garage with validation. Valet parking is also available for $8 per hour.

Maie Day will take over the Central Standard space, with service starting May 1.

Photo by Mackenzie Smith Kelley
Maie Day will take over the Central Standard space, with service starting May 1.
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H-E-B unveils merch for super fans, plus more hot Austin headlines

Hot Headlines

Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. H-E-B unveils merchandise for brand super fans, available exclusively at one store. Kerrville was chosen to launch the company's new line of H-E-B-branded merchandise in celebration of its 117th anniversary.

2. Austin bar transforms into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Don your favorite elf socks and meet the lovely citizens of “Tinseltown.”

3. Draft 'Vision Plan' for Zilker Park unveils land bridge and more possibilities. Austinites are invited to comment on a vision plan that will inform the future of Zilker Park.

4. Austin ranks among world’s 100 best cities in prestigious new report. Austin is the No. 43 best city in the world, according to a new study. (And yes, we beat Dallas.)

5. Austin airport launches new SkySquad travel assistants in time for the holiday rush. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is keeping lines moving during a period of heavy travel with a new team of airport assistants.

Steven Spielberg opens up personal history in The Fabelmans

Movie Review

For over 40 years, director Steven Spielberg has been delivering some of the most popular blockbuster movies of all time as well as a bevy of Oscar-quality dramas, a combination that’s unique to him. For his latest, The Fabelmans, he’s decided to go more personal than ever, telling a thinly-veiled version of his own childhood.

Sammy (played mostly by Gabriel LaBelle) is one of four children – and the only son – of Mitzi (Michelle Williams), a concert pianist, and Burt Fabelman (Paul Dano), a computer engineer. From an early age, Sammy is enthralled by the art of filmmaking, first remaking a train crash sequence from The Greatest Show on Earth, and gradually moving on to more adventurous stories.

Burt’s advancing career, which moves the family from New Jersey to Arizona to California, causes stress for various members of the family, most notably Sammy and Mitzi. Sammy must deal with anti-Semitic bullies, while Mitzi falls deeper into a mental health crisis. Sammy’s movies continually offer a respite for the family, though, giving him a creative outlet and the rest of them a chance to forget their troubles for a while.

Written by Spielberg – his first writing effort since 2001’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence – and Tony Kushner, the film is heavy on emotions but presented in a way that those feelings don’t always translate. Spielberg is no stranger to depicting fraught family situations in his long career, but in showing ones from his own family, it feels like he pulled back, not wanting the scenes to be overwrought or schmaltzy.

The result is a story that isn’t as universal as some of his other films. As the film is told from Sammy’s perspective, it’s easy to get caught up in his pursuits and various discoveries as he gets older. The mindsets of the rest of the family are less clear, even though his parents and sisters are ever-present. Mitzi’s state of mind is a concern from the start, but it’s not always treated as such by other important characters.

Just as Sammy’s movies are an escape for his family, so too are they some of the best parts of the film. Sammy figuring out the process and secrets of filmmaking is informative and often thrilling, especially if you’re a cinephile. Spielberg has been considered a master for so long that watching him revisit the days when he was learning as he went is catnip for movie lovers.

In addition to being a dead ringer for a teenage Spielberg, LaBelle is a fantastic actor. It’s no easy feat to carry a movie on your shoulders, and LaBelle makes the assignment look easy. Williams’ performance will likely be more polarizing; she employs a very mannered speech pattern that works in some situations, but not all. The film also includes memorable short appearances by Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch, and David Lynch.

Spielberg has provided the moviegoing public with such pleasure over the years that he deserves to have a movie that’s mostly for him. The initial viewing of The Fabelmans left this critic wanting, but perhaps it will gain more traction on a second screening.

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The Fabelmans is now playing in theaters.

Photo by Merie Weismuller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment

Gabriel LaBelle in The Fabelmans

Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta acquires award-winning California resort

tilman goes laguna

Fans of Tilman Fertitta's nationwide hospitality brands are in for a treat. The Billion Dollar Buyer has just secured an award-winning, 30-acre resort in sunny Southern California.

Fertitta has purchased the acclaimed Montage Laguna Beach Resort Hotel, a premier beachfront property in the sunny SoCal getaway destination. Notably, the Montage Laguna Beach Resort Hotel is one of only six hotels in the U.S. to score the Forbes Triple Five-Star hotel status. The Montage has also been included among Travel + Leisure’s Top Hotels in the World.

Image courtesy of Montage Laguna Beach

Fertitta's newest purchase overlooks the ocean in Laguna Beach.

“I am truly thrilled to acquire this world-renowned property and add one of America’s most iconic trophy resorts to our luxury hotel portfolio,” Fertitta noted in a statement. “I have been traveling to Laguna Beach for over 30 years. It is one of my favorite places to visit and one of the most beautiful areas in the world. The Montage is a stunning oceanfront property and one of the premier hotel brands in the world.”

Press materials didn't list the property purchase price, but Law360 reports that the deal is in excess of $660 million.

The Craftsman-style resort sits on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Impressive amenities are highlighted by the 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage, which offers eucalyptus steam rooms, dry redwood saunas, ocean air whirlpools, fireplace lounges, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a movement studio, and a lap pool.

More outdoor fun includes two pools and direct beach access, a museum-quality fine art collection, and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, per press materials.

Every resident space — the 260 guestrooms, including 60 suites, beach bungalow-style rooms, and multi-bedroom villas — boast stunning views of the Pacific.

Dining destinations offer chef-driven interpretations of coastal California flavors inspired by region. The property is designated and included in the distinctive Legend Collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

“We are thrilled that Tilman is the new owner of this one-of-a-kind property and welcome him into the Montage family,” said Alan Fuerstman, founder, CEO, and chairman of Montage International. Mary Rogers, the Montage's GM added, “The staff is thrilled to be working with Tilman. Everyone here at the property is tremendously excited about his purchase and look forward to continuing to provide a world-class experience to all of our guests."

Aside from his palatial Post Oak Hotel in Houston, Fertitta also owns 14 other hotel properties around the country, including the award-winning San Luis Resort in Galveston, plus five popular Golden Nugget casino and hotel locations.

Another feather in Fertitta’s luxury portfolio cap is the iconic Huntting Inn, one of the most charming and historic locales in East Hampton, New York.

No stranger to California, Fertitta's presence there includes Catch Seafood and Catch Steak, Mastro’s Ocean Club and Mastro’s Steakhouse, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, The Palm, and more — all part of his 60 brands and more than 600 concepts nationwide.