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Miami Beach, Fla. (February 13, 2018) – The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton proudly announces the appointment of Nicolas Bour as Executive Chef of the newly reimagined hotel. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Bour will manage culinary operations and direction at the hotel’s newly launched Mexican-inspired restaurant Agaveros Cantina, as well as in-room dining, banquets, and special events for the 235-room boutique lifestyle hotel.

“We’re excited to welcome Chef Bour to the Miami culinary scene with his new position,” said Brent McNally, General Manager of The Gates Hotel South Beach. “Bour’s exceptional leadership skills paired with creative menu development make him the ideal candidate, equipped to elevate our hotel’s dining experience for both guests and locals to enjoy.”

Before taking the helm at The Gates, Bour was the Executive Chef of Ocean House Management, a boutique luxury hotel based in Rhode Island where he led culinary operations for the hotel’s two restaurants, four outdoor dining venues and banquets. Previously, Bour restructured the food and beverage program at Loews Coronado Bay, opening two new dining outlets in addition to creating the market and juice therapy bar as well as providing a similar program for two high-end yachts contracted by the hotel for function space. Most recently, he competed on Food Network’s ‘Beat Bobby Flay’ as the Season 13, round one winner, with his take on the fritter and plans to feature his version of the elote fritter on the Agaveros Cantina menu.

Additionally, Bour received multiple accolades and recognitions including first place dish at San Diego Food & Wine Festival in 2013, founded AVANT named the best restaurant by San Diego Magazine in 2013, and led the success of his award-winning Iris Restaurant. More notably, Bour was selected to cook for President George Bush, Prince Abdullah of Saudi-Arabia, King Hussein of Jordan, the French Olympic Sailing Team, and as a celebrity chef for The Kentucky Derby. Adding to his list of impressive culinary endeavors, Bour successfully served over 14,000 covers in four days for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

“Miami Beach is home to some incredible restaurants and distinguishing yourself among the crowd of talented Chefs and successful establishments is an exciting challenge,” said new Executive Chef Nicolas Bour. “For Agaveros Cantina, it’s a modern take on the classic taqueria. Our menu is inspired by the flavors of Mexico and the eclectic vibe of Miami.”

To optimize the three main dining outlets – restaurant, destination pool deck, and lobby bar – the hotel plans to offer individual menu options catered to each area. Guests have the ability to order from any of the outlets, diversifying in-room choices while satisfying cravings. On-property restaurant Agaveros Cantina pairs Mexican-inspired dishes with more than 100 tequilas and mezcals imported from Mexico. The hotel introduces various programming including weekend brunch offers, full use of the third-floor rooftop overlooking the pool to accommodate up to 150 guests, and exclusive pool parties serving grilled fusion tacos paired with handcrafted cocktails.  

About The Gates Hotel South Beach

The Gates Hotel South Beach is a stylish playground ideally located on Collins Avenue, just a short stroll from Ocean Drive, South Beach’s vibrant nightlife and the Atlantic Ocean. Built on the foundation of the 1954 Ankara Motel, The Gates maintains the historic, Art Deco-inspired architecture on the exterior, while breathing new life into a reconstructed interior that blends modern comforts with vintage glamour. The exclusive, boutique-style setting offers vibrant outdoor spaces like modern cabanas overlooking the pool and canal, expanded pool deck for communal dining, bicycles, and a custom SoBe Tuk-Tuk that transports guests to private beach chairs.

The Gates South Beach is part of The Gates Gallery of Hotels, a collection of distinct hotels offering all-encompassing getaways for guests that reflect local hospitality in uniquely curated environments with locations in Key West, Barcelona, and San Francisco (coming soon). The Gates Gallery of Hotels is managed by Highgate, a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company whose portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway cities worldwide.

To learn more or for reservations visit gatessouthbeach.com or call (305) 850-9444. Connect with The Gates Hotel South Beach on Facebook and Instagram.

About Highgate

Highgate is a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in U.S. gateway markets including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu. Highgate also has an expanding presence in key European markets through properties in London, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and Prague. Highgate’s portfolio of global properties represents an aggregate asset value exceeding $10B and generates over $2B in cumulative revenues. The company provides expert guidance through all stages of the hospitality property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate has created a portfolio of bespoke hotel brands and utilizes industry leading proprietary revenue management tools that identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the industry’s most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in New York, London, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Seattle. For more information, visit highgate.com.

Contact: Erin Schwartz

850-668-2222

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