Nearly com­plete

Hy­att Re­gency set to launch high-end sushi restau­rant

The Signal - - Food & Entertainment - By Tammy Murga Sig­nal Staff Writer [email protected]­

Fre­quent vis­i­tors and passers-by of the Hy­att Re­gency Va­len­cia may have al­ready no­ticed an “un­der con­struc­tion” por­tion of the ho­tel but of­fi­cials are al­ready shar­ing a sam­ple of the nearly com­pleted prod­uct.

Since the Hy­att Re­gency opened in 1998, its ac­com­pa­ny­ing restau­rant and bar Vines has served as a sta­ple of the ho­tel’s of­fer­ings to its guests and lo­cal din­ers alike — and now it is slowly trans­form­ing into Greater Pa­cific.

“Greater Pa­cific is a new, high-end sushi restau­rant and bar com­ing in at a time for us to rein­vent our­selves,” said Gen­eral Man­ager Mark Kirsch.

The change falls un­der an over­all re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the ho­tel as it cel­e­brates 20 years as “Santa Clarita’s most prom­i­nent ho­tel.”

“We’re re­ally look­ing to re-brand by widen­ing our de­mo­graph­ics,” said Kirsch. “We don’t want this to be just a ho­tel restau­rant. You won’t come to us for din­ner, you’ll come to us for a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

While Vines is known for its fine meals and cock­tails, Greater Pa­cific has a new con­cept, with a menu heav­ily fo­cused on sushi.

Sushi Chef Eric Hu, who has the op­por­tu­nity to hand-select what fish will be of­fered, said he’s proud the new restau­rant will of­fer the fresh­est fish in the area and a va­ri­ety of styles.

“Some peo­ple like tra­di­tional sushi,” he said. “Some peo­ple like a new con­cept, like new fu­sion-style sushi. We are trained to com­bine both and give cus­tomers more op­tions.”

An­other change in the menu is the shift from larger dish por­tions to health­ier, more re­fined fla­vor pro­files. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Daniel Cso­tai said, “Many of our dishes are sim­ple but have a larger fo­cus on the qual­ity, tex­ture and fla­vor of the in­gre­di­ents.”

But what’s a restau­rant and bar without the bev­er­ages?

Ac­cord­ing to Sarah Rose­blade, the Hy­att Re­gency’s food and bev­er­age di­rec­tor, new bev­er­age pro­grams are also part of the re­vi­tal­iza­tion, with a com­plete fresh cock­tail menu made to com­ple­ment the food and fla­vor pro­files of Greater Pa­cific. Cus­tomers can also or­der va­ri­eties of the Ja­panese rice wine Sake, whether that be by the glass, bot­tle or can to eas­ily sip by the pool.

Greater Pa­cific will also fea­ture a pri­vate din­ing room, live en­ter­tain­ment sec­tion and brand new au­dio and tele­vi­sion area by the bar.

Kirsch said an of­fi­cial grand open­ing is ex­pected by late Jan­uary to early Fe­bru­ary. For more in­for­ma­tion call the Hy­att Re­gency Va­len­cia at 661-799-1234.

Tammy Murga/The Sig­nal (See ad­di­tional pho­tos at sig­

Hy­att Re­gency Va­len­cia is trans­form­ing its restau­rant and bar Vines into a high-end sushi spot called Greater Pa­cific. The grand open­ing is sched­uled for early 2019.

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