Second Story Restaurant Opens In The Belamar Hotel
(Manhattan Beach, CA) March 13, 2008—Second Story restaurant, located on the second floor of the newly renovated Belamar Hotel, opens its doors to offer hotel guests and Manhattan Beach residents the inviting combination of contemporary American classics featuring fresh organic produce, a commitment to sustainability, friendly service and a warm, inviting interior. Second Story, owned and operated by Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants, has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
“We really listened to what our guests and neighbors wanted: a comfortable spot serving great food, where they can have a nice, relaxing dinner. We’re thrilled to bring the extraordinary cuisine of Second Story restaurant to the guests of The Belamar Hotel and the Manhattan Beach community,” said Nathan Tanner, Vice President of Restaurants, Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants. “Larkspur is committed to providing its guests with memorable dining experiences—and Second Story is a perfect fit for the hotel and the neighborhood.”
Chef Vania Almeida has crafted a menu featuring playful twists on familiar favorites, using organic ingredients whenever possible. Second Story allows diners to enjoy delicious new spins on culinary classics throughout the day, whether they want a farm-fresh breakfast or a decadent dinner.
Guests can choose from the likes of a sophisticated Smoked Salmon Wrap with cream cheese, capers, red onion and hardboiled egg in a housemade crepe for breakfast, garden-fresh “Fork and Knife” salads for lunch, and such entrees as a luxurious Lobster-Stuffed Roasted Filet Mignon with smoked bacon mashed potatoes for dinner. Desserts call to mind childhood favorites, such as a Country Fair Five Layer cake adorned with a scoop of ice cream.
To complement the food, there is a list of signature cocktails, as well as an extensive wine list. In order to provide guests with even more options, all wines by the glass are offered in a half-glass portion, at exactly half the price of a glass.
In addition to the use of organic ingredients, Second Story’s commitment to sustainability is shown though its Natura water filtering system. Natura’s glass bottles are intended to be washed and re-used and serve as an alternative to the waste associated with the manufacture, transport and disposal of conventional bottled water. Through the Natura system, several contaminants are removed or significantly reduced. Guests can choose from still or sparkling filtered water.
Personal touches are the hallmark of the warm service diners experience at Second Story. Every server includes a business card along with the table’s check, presented in a hardbound novel. Families with children are immediately presented with the option of a booster chair, as well as “Coloring Mat” menus and an Etch-A-Sketch toy to keep little ones entertained.
The restaurant’s interior also evokes a sense of familiarity and warmth, calling on earthy tones such as sepia and gold, and featuring plush banquettes in the bar area and low tables set with mahogany placemats in the dining room. A strong attention to detail is pervasive throughout, with eye-catching elements such as rustic decanters for serving tap water as well as a memorable lighting setting.
About The Belamar Hotel:
The Belamar Hotel is a chic boutique hotel located at 3501 Sepulveda Blvd., just 2.5 miles from LAX and one mile off the Manhattan Beach Strand. Owned and operated by Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants, the hotel features 127 guest rooms, 7,095 square feet of meeting space and a contemporary Americana restaurant called Second Story. For more information, please visit www.thebelamar.com or www.secondstory.com.