Restaurant Michael Schwartz is officially out of the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach, according to operator be and the chef’s team.
“After four years of partnership, Chef/Restaurateur Michael Schwartz’s contract has ended at The Raleigh Miami Beach,” she and Schwartz said in a statement to Miami.com. “Chef Schwartz and The Genuine Hospitality Group are turning their attention to developing future projects alongside sbe Hotel Group. At this time, all F&B operations will remain under the management of sbe in conjunction with the property’s ownership, The Raleigh Group.”
What gave it away? The Restaurant Michael Schwartz’s web page through the Raleigh website is 404’d, while a new one points to the simply titled The Restaurant at the Raleigh.
Rumor has it that the hotel’s umpteenth, latest owner, designer Tommy Hilfiger, has decided to put the place up for sale rather than renovate as he had earlier intended to do. We contacted reps for Hilfiger, who could not immediately be reached for comment.
Update: The following is a statement sent to us on behalf of The Raleigh Group
“The Raleigh Miami Beach is not for sale. This property is one of Miami’s most iconic hotels and it is celebrating a big milestone this year — its 75th anniversary,” said David Pisor, CEO of The Raleigh Group. “Our vision has not wavered. The plan is to invest substantial resources into renovating the hotel while preserving its rich history. It always takes longer to do it right.
Michael Schwartz has helped to reshape the restaurant landscape of Miami and Miami Beach. With his contract ending, we wish him well in his next ventures. We are excited to announce that our new restaurant will be launching in early November. “