Sonoma’s MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa is currently undergoing a renovation to the tune of $20 million. Apparently the historic wine country destination will also receive an upgrade to its food and beverage program, as celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian has signed on to open three different restaurants there by 2019.
The three concepts include Layla, a high-end all-day Mediterranean restaurant, a more casual lounge called Bar at Macarthur, and the Porch, a coffee bar and retail shop. Presumably Layla will take the place of Saddles, the steakhouse that has served as the primary dining destination on the property. The project is part of Zakarian’s empire of restaurants embedded in hotels, one that has now extended to include cruise ships.
MacArthur Place is located in the heart of downtown Sonoma, a sprawling resort and hotel with guest houses, a pool, and spa, with two decades of hospitality on the books. The renovations are the result of its purchase by a hospitality company, IMH Financial Corporation, a deal that went through right as the October wildfires tore through the county.
Widely known for his role as a judge on Food Network’s Chopped, and as an Iron Chef competitor, Zakarian also owns the Lamb’s Club in NYC, and properties in Florida, California, and New Jersey. Eater has reached out to Zakarian for comment on the impending restaurants; stay tuned for more.