'Secret Garden' Restaurant Opening at One of Ft. Lauderdale's 'Best-Kept Secrets'

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The Pillars at New River Sound, in Ft. Lauderdale, is opening a new gourmet restaurant called "The Secret Garden." Seating will be available for guests of the hotel, their guests, and by special invitation. Gourmet chef Emmanuel Derville will provide largely Mediterranean cuisine with Asian and Caribbean influences.

Fodor's called it Ft. Lauderdale's "small secret." Frommer's described it as one of the city's "best-kept secrets." Now, The Pillars at New River Sound -- a hotel located a block off Ft. Lauderdale Beach -- is adding its own new secret: "The Secret Garden" restaurant. The restaurant will open in late November, 2005.

The restaurant will be a new gourmet option in town ... but don't call for reservations just yet. It will only be available to guests of the hotel, as well as their guests, and by special invitation from the hotel. Meals will be served either dockside or poolside, and reservations will be for the evening, as in most European restaurants, so there's no need to rush the meal.

"We've been rated by USA Today and American Historic Inns as one of the most romantic hotels in the country," says Caroline Bonnell, manager of The Pillars. "But we wanted to offer something more. We believe that adding an onsite, gourmet option in a waterside setting will provide for an even more intimate and exclusive atmosphere."

Meals at The Secret Garden will be prepared by Chef Emmanuel Derville, a French chef who has performed in such prestigious restaurants as the "Beau Rivage" in Lausanne, Switzerland, and "La Sammana" in St. Martin, West Indies. More recently, he has traveled across the Americas preparing intimate dinners for the "rich and often famous." Meals will represent a largely Mediterranean cuisine with Asian and Caribbean influences.

The Pillars at New River Sound is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), which is a collection of more than 320 independently-owned, exclusive hotels in close to 60 countries selected for their style and sophistication.

For more information on The Pillars or for coming details on The Secret Garden, please visit http://www.pillarshotel.com or call (954) 467-9639.

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