The Keating Hotel Announces Sneak-Peak Taste of New MerK Restaurant at San Diego Restaurant Week

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Downtown San Diego's Keating Hotel premieres the new MerK Restaurant for San Diego's Restaurant Week. Opening doors Sunday, January 11th, the MerK Bistro Italiano will serve rustic Italian cuisine with a California twist.

The much anticipated MerK Restaurant opens doors January 11th for San Diego's Restaurant Week. As the final instillation to the Keating Hotel, the MerK Bistro Italiano radiates a sleek sophistication while remaining a fun, affordable environment for San Diego locals and visitors alike.

Set within the historic Mercantile building, the MerK Restaurant is located at 820 5th Avenue, adjacent to its parent company, the Keating Hotel and the landmark Croce's Restaurant. Showcasing the same inspired Pininfarina décor, the two-story restaurant features outside patio dining, along with plush inside booths and elegant table seating.

Serving up a variety of rustic Italian dishes infused with a cool, California twist, the MerK menu will showcase its finest appetizers, entrée's and decadent deserts to be sampled during San Diego's famed Restaurant Week. From starters such as the shrimp and lobster bisque or personal margarita pizza, to the MerK's signature linguine dish mixed table side and served out of a traditional Romano cheese wheel.

"Restaurant Week provides the perfect platform for guests to stop in and sample all the MerK has to offer," says Edward Kaen, Keating Hotel Group CEO. "I believe that once locals have a taste of the MerK's fusion Italian cuisine and a look at our unique design concept, they will have discovered their go-to staple for reliable cuisine, service and quality."

Chef Brian Rutherford

Local San Diegan, Brian Rutherford, heads the MerK kitchen as Sous Chef and thirty year veteran in the culinary trade. Having gained training at the Culinary Institute of America, Rutherford has perfected his skills within numerous prestigious California kitchens including working as Sous Chef for the esteemed US Grant Hotel. Before moving on to the Keating Hotel and MerK Restaurant, Rutherford designed and operated his own concept Italian deli and catering service. Putting his acclaimed skills to work, Rutherford has exclusively created the MerK Restaurant's diverse Italian menu. Ensuring the utmost in quality, all of the MerK Restaurant's produce and foods will be locally bought and grown.

The Keating Hotel Group

The Keating Hotel Group (TKHG) is comprised of a well-seasoned group of real estate and business professionals collected for the purpose of launching, developing and operating a unique, highly stylized, full-service luxury boutique brand. While the term "boutique" has, of late, become somewhat of a diluted, over-used term in the hospitality industry, the privately operated and managed TKHG is poised to set the new standard for true high-end luxury boutique lifestyle living throughout the world. Primarily due to the exclusive partnership with its design team--world-famous Italian powerhouse Pininfarina, as well as its intense focus on personalized, high-end service, TKHG has sparked the interest of hospitality insiders, aficionados, and the worldwide media, alike.

For more information about the MerK Restaurant, visit http://www.themerk.com or contact Shanann Klaver at sklaver @ thekeating.com.

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