January 18th, 2019
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort Unveils a
Totally Renovated Dining Experience
Two New Restaurants Debut as Part of Upscale Resort’s Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, most recently recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s 2018 World’s Greatest Places, debuts an exciting phase of its multi-million dollar renovation with the opening of two restaurants: Roots Coastal Kitchen and Iguana’s Cocina Puertorriqueña. These new culinary venues join a growing portfolio of onsite dining options at the lush oceanfront resort. A total of nine restaurants and bars include the recently opened Caicu Bar & Tapas, serving handcrafted rum cocktails and international cuisine; and Marbella, serving up Caribbean specialties and American classics.
Unveiled in October 2018, Roots Coastal Kitchen is a farm-to-table concept overseen by Executive Chef Ramón Carrillo in collaboration with “Top Chef” alums Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth – owners of famed Root & Bone restaurant in NYC. Inspired by traditional Southern comfort food that thoughtfully blends an elevated Caribbean personalization, Roots Coastal Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind addition to Puerto Rico’s culinary scene. Stemming from a pop-up collaboration with the resort in 2016, Chef McInnis was passionate about creating a more permanent dining outlet that would embrace the island’s local flavors, indigenous ingredients, and distinct charm.
Designed by interior design firm Baskervill, the 106-seat restaurant offers garden and ocean views, with warm wooden tones and rustic finishes, coupled with craftsmanship tile work. The eclectic menu features locally-sourced ingredients from nearby purveyors including To-Ricos poultry farm, and Martex Farms in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. Fresh ingredients – including mango, pumpkin, watermelon and tomatoes – are showcased within many of the restaurant’s dishes. Swordfish with coconut sticky rice and yellow curry is a signature staple. For more casual fare, a new stove oven allows for artisanal pizzas, and the on-the-go menu offering sandwiches, burgers, salads and light bites. An ice cream bar delights guests with exotic homemade flavors such as Taro Root, Cornbread, Peanut Butter and Mango sorbet.
Opened in mid-December, Iguana’s Cocina Puertorriqueña serves as an upscale dining venue for guests and locals featuring an open kitchen concept and lounge area that will seat up to 105. Serving a fusion of authentic Caribbean favorites and traditional Puerto Rican dishes, the restaurant’s catch of the day is sourced from local fisherman, delivering the freshest seafood on the island. Set beside two championship golf courses, bordered by El Yunque Rainforest’s scenic mountains, the traditional restaurant will be located inside the Clubhouse, which as also been reconstructed to include an Atrium bar and Pro Shop. The space’s bold design details will balance the venue’s soft muted tones and add an element of sophistication.
“Indulging in local cuisine and celebrating culinary traditions within our community makes for an enriching travel experience,” said Nils Stolzlechner, general manager of Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort. “Our food and beverage program has taken shape in 2018, and we will continue to elevate guest offerings with new innovations and amenities in the months ahead.”
For group, leisure, incentive inquiries, and more details on Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, visit our brand-new website WyndhamGrandRioMar.com or call (800) 474-6627.
About Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort:
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort is nestled on 500 acres along a mile-long section of golden beach adjacent to the El Yunque National Rainforest and the Mameyes River. The lush resort features a 48,000-sq. ft. oceanfront conference center, a 7,000-square-foot casino; two world-class 18-hole golf courses; a 7,000 square foot spa and fitness center; multiple lounges and entertainment venues; international tennis center; water sports center; and two beachfront pools.
About Wyndham Grand:
Wyndham Grand® is an ensemble of distinguished hotels that are approachable by design, representing one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodation, attentive service and relaxed surroundings. A part of Wyndham Hotel Group, the Wyndham Grand family currently consists of more than 40 locations around the world. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamgrand.com. Most Wyndham Grand® hotels are franchised by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or its affiliates. Certain Wyndham Grand hotels are owned or managed by an affiliate of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC. Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels, encompassing more than 8,100 hotels and over 708,500 rooms in 78 countries. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.