In partnership with ESquared Hospitality, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba opened a new BLT Steak restaurant as a second outpost in the Caribbean.
(The company's other location is in San Juan.) BLT Steak operates more than 20 locations around the world including Hong Kong, Tokyo and the flagship location in New York City, which opened in 2004.
Aruba's new BLT Steak restaurant features indoor dining that seats 75 people and outdoor dining that seats 50. The facility also has a 14-seat private dining room for special occasions, and a vibrant bar/lounge. An L-shaped raw bar in the center of the dining area has no seating, but serves as an action station and focal point of the space.
"The main feature of the restaurant is the breathtaking view overlooking the ocean, which has tremendous sunsets," said Keith Treyball, President, ESquared Hospitality. As a result, design details were kept minimal, meant to showcase the grand views.
Light on the capital expenditures, ESquared used the "bones" of the seafood restaurant that previously housed the space, making updates mainly to the seating and décor attributes while maintaining the existing marble flooring. In keeping with BLT design tradition, this location also features darker wood tabletops lined with woven placemats as well as caramel leather banquettes and minimalistic high-end dinnerware and flatware.
In addition to BLT Steak, ESquared Hospitality operates Casa Nonna, The Wayfarer and Horchata De Nueva York in New York City as well as The Florentine in Chicago, and the recently opened fast-casual vegan concept "by CHLOE" named after vegan celeb Chloe Coscarelli.