It is Ramadan and everything [especially business] slows a little bit down.
However it gives me the opportunity to get ready for my new assignment: Skylite.
Skylite is a rooftop bar - and I would say, that it is by default one of the most exciting al fresco bars in the country. An illuminated grid-shell is spanning all over the hotel; colors changing slowly... and in Skylite you are sitting directly under these shells. Besides of the occasionally landing airplanes [which are awesome if you are interested in aviation - I haven't seen often a flying airplane closer] - which can be a bit noisy, this place rocks.
For this venue, I am for the moment bringing F&B together - to have a really exciting offer for the new season. For the snacks, I thought about great custom-tailored finger food. Should ge tasty, accessible, inexpensive, trendy and just fun.
The beverage concept is much more difficult. Problem is, that it is hard for me to departure my typical high-brow cocktail culture, for a more easy going though still ambitious and creative direction.
Planned are home made wine coolers, which I guess will be really cool outside, off course some drinks like mojito [forget about the flavored ones...] off course with a twist and some highballs, which will be offered with housemade sodas.
Sounds like a plan, but I have off course to keep in mind, not to go too far, that guests would be alienated. The challenge in a lounge [as well as nightclub] is, that people are far less interested, to go the full "haut-cocktail" way - even worse, they are hard to convince for new beverages. But it wouldn't be me, if I wouldn't offer a creative and appealing product [and wouldn't ban others].
One really cool thing I love to implement are sgroppino's and beer sgroppino's - which is sorbet in sparkling wine - respective in beer [I would use a German styled wheat beer]. I've tried this, and it is awesome.
I will post much more of my ideas, closer to the actual relaunch.
So - stay tuned.