JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale has announced the details of a new restaurant concept that is replacing the AAA Four Diamond, Zagat-rated BLT Steak.
The soon-to-be shuttered restaurant will become Lincoln Restaurant and Bar 1936. The restaurant and bar are expected to open in October.
Chris Neff has ben appointed executive chef of Lincoln Restaurant. He was formerly with JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, where he led his team at Meritage Steakhouse as chef de cuisine.
Neff has also worked at The Four Seasons Orlando Resort, where he opened AAA Five Diamond restaurants Capa and Ravello.
The cuisine will be focused on a “desert-to-table” theme, with locally sourced food from places such as Crow’s Dairy, McClendon’s Select, Abby Lee Farms, Jojoba Beef Co., Ramona Farms, and Hayden Flour Mills.
“The atmosphere, menu and overall Lincoln Restaurant and Bar 1936 experience we are creating will be inspired by the resort’s heritage and everyday desert surroundings,” said Neff. “We will use quality products to create dynamic plates by tapping into Arizona’s native resources and sourcing only the best local ingredients.”
Bar 1936, a nod to the resort’s opening year, will be using spirits from CaskWerks Distilling Co. and Arizona Distilling Co.
David Kent is beverage director.
There will also be select bar tables, which will be adorned with a wine chime toasting bar and offer a special menu.
Many Valley hotel restaurants have been revamping their concepts and looks, with several adopting a more Arizona-centric theme, such as the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.
Lincoln Restaurant and Bar 1936 is taking over BLT Steak, which opened at the resort in 2008 as part of a $40 million renovation, replacing The Chaparral Room. Paul Millist has been director of culinary operations there since 2012.
BLT Steak is a new American steakhouse opened by Laurent Touroundel, with locations in Aruba, Atlanta, Charlotte, Ginza, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, New York, Roppongi, San Juan, Seoul, Waikiki, Washington D.C., and White Plains.
The Scottsdale location was the only one in Arizona.