History and Heritage Revised at La Hacienda at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (PRESS RELEASE) – The best gets better this fall as La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess unveils an expansion and update to its design and menu September 22, 2018. General Manager Jack Miller assures there is no need to worry, “The leadership at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is committed to making sure the heritage and history of this local dining landmark is honored while bringing the design and menu forward. We are determined to make sure La Hacienda continues to be the top ranked Mexican restaurant in Arizona for another generation.”
The Princess selected Testani Design, a local firm led by Judith Testani, to help re-imagine La Hacienda. She is legendary in the local hospitality industry with a history of successful projects with Tarbell and Sam Fox restaurants, as well as many of the luxury resorts in the region. Ms. Testani says “The goal for the re-design of La Hacienda was to align the interior of the restaurant with the sophisticated palette of the chef and menu. We’ve created an expanded lounge for guests to gather with a newly expanded bar that includes high top communal tables along with comfortable indoor and outdoor lounge seating areas. As a unique addition, the design includes a new tequila display shelving unit and a focal agave wall expertly crafted from a local artisan. The use of light colored stucco walls, blackened steel details, crafted leather seating and newly renovated restrooms all add to the warmth and modern interpretation of the space. Many of the light fixtures, seating and accessories were curated from Casamidy, a high-end furniture and accessory outlet located in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.”
The most popular menu items will be back when the restaurant makes its triumphant return September 22, including the Lobster Tacos, Filet a la Parilla, Tableside Guacamole and Flaming Coffees. Chef Forest Hamrick and Chef Richard Sandoval recently spent time visiting their families along with several hot, new restaurants in Mexico for inspiration and they are excited to introduce a new menu selection of Barbacoa favorites, including Pescado Zarandeado (barbecued Sea Bass with charred Aioli, heirloom tomato and avocado) and the Short Rib Barbacoa (tamarind mustard barbecue, gremolata and poblano yogurt).
An exciting new cocktail menu is also being introduced by Matthew Doerr, Director of Beverage at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, with 21 specialty cocktails simplified to highlight a specific flavor profile using less than four ingredients. The new signature ‘smoked cocktail’ selections are sure to be a highlight. Of course, the restaurant will continue to feature more than 150 Tequilas and with a significant expansion of its Mezcal cellar, all curated by La Hacienda’s beloved Tequila Goddess, Katie Schnurr.
About Richard Sandoval Hospitality: Richard Sandoval Hospitality is a leading restaurant group founded by Mexican-born chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval and based in Denver, Colorado. Known for offering guests an unparalleled culinary experience, this internationally recognized contemporary Latin restaurant group successfully owns and operates over 45 restaurant concepts around the globe. Restaurant locations include California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Washington D.C. & New York – as well as internationally in Mexico, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Serbia and Tokyo. Chef Sandoval’s “made from scratch” approach and passion for introducing Latin cuisine to the world continues to inspire him to combine authentic Latin ingredients with international flavors and inventive techniques to create one-of-a-kind concepts and cuisines that include modern and coastal Mexican, Latin-Asian, Peruvian and Pan-Latin. For a complete list of restaurants and more information, please visit www.richardsandovalhospitality.com
About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms (including the 102 new guest rooms at Sunset Beach) six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval (re-opening September 21, 2018) and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.
For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz.