About friends, delicious ribs and tapas

GOING PLACESGerald Griffith is now General, Sales & Marketing Manager of City Suites Curacao, in the heart of Punda, Willemstad. The impressive building with parking, and some street level shops, on Pietermaai Plein 8, is located within a short walking distance from the neighborhood’s famous bars and restaurants. With every room air conditioned, fitted with a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine, free Wi-Fi, stylish bathrooms and comfortable bathrobes and slippers, City Suites Curacao is the new in-place for business travel and/or leisure. Opened on November 27th, 2015, Gerald confirms that his focus is on corporate and leisure markets from neighboring countries, including Aruba, so pack your bags, let’s go.

TONY’S ROMA GETS A REFRESH.  Tony Roma’s recently enjoyed a considerable refresh. The focal point moved to the outside, where a bar was created, facing the garden, nicely laid out with dinner tables in full view of the comings and goings at Paseo Herencia.  The terrace is getting glass doors this week, so that we can have our favorite lunch in air-conditioning, then move for dinner al fresco. Owner Milton Berlinski reports that a future awning will make lunch in the garden possible, soon. As for the main building, facing the Excelsior Casino, it is either going to be torn down, or converted into three retail spaces. The neighboring lot is destined to become The Cove, inspired by a desire to bring life to that vacant area. Now that Aqua Condominium is progressing, the neighborhood is following suit stepping up the pace of development. The Cove will have restaurants, bars and lounges, and will serve as an entertainment area with limited retail. The second floor of The Cove will offer affordable residences, in great proximity to the beach!  While I had Berlinski on the line he said Aruba was pretty funny. Because he saw himself in the newspapers recently being quoted regarding the Refinery Reopening Committee which he was member of, but could never remember talking to anyone from the press about it. While indeed, he did resign his seat on the committee, he never granted any media interviews about the subject, yet saw his picture, accompanied by an article of the conversation he never had, in quite a few media outlets. Funny it is.

NEWS FROM +297. The former Amazonia Churrascaria is being converted into +297, a contemporary lounge with tapas, graced by indoor and outdoor seating. A water element is being designed around the property, which will create a calming environment where folks can lounge, drink, eat and have a civilized evening. The place should appeal to a higher-end customer, in the 28-50 year old demographic in search of a more sophisticated nighttime experience. Water element?!  Anyone designing water elements in Aruba, where water is so expensive, must has deep pockets.  Water in arid places, is always a sign of luxury and opulence.