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As cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs embrace California’s “green rush,” the hospitality industry is now shifting towards hotels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, two cannabis hotels are coming to the Coachella Valley. Desert Hot Springs’ Coachill Inn Resort and amphitheater will open late 2020, while a Palm Springs luxury boutique project called The Grape House plans to open in 2021.
The Grape House will begin with a restaurant, dispensary-shop, and smoking lounge. The adjoining boutique hotel should be completed in 2023 or early 2024. Coachill Inn Resort is part of the unfinished unfinished 160-acre Coachillin Canna-Business Park in Desert Hot Spring. The developers hope to complete the 154-room hotel, spa, restaurant, fitness center, and 2,000-seat amphitheater by New Year’s Eve in 2020.
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—Santa Monica’s American Film Market is back. As television and films are sold to international markets, Variety mapped where to eat and drink throughout the week.
—AR Cucina in Culver City has new management as former operator Akasha Richmond and Alan Shulman have handed off the Italian restaurant to chef Gabriella Torelli and her son Andrea Francesco Torelli-Leskey.
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A&R Cucina is officially under new management and has been passed onto the capable hands of Chef Gabriella Torelli, and her son and operating partner, wine expert and educator Andrea Francesco Torelli-Lesky. This mother-son duo offer cuisine from their native town in Tuscany, as well as other Italian regions such as Veneto, Campania, Sicily, and Lombardia. “We pride ourselves on fresh, made-to-order, authentic Italian food,” says Gabriella, who was born and raised in Florence and learned the culture and history of Tuscan cooking from three generations of women in her family. “We maintain the traditions of Italian cuisine, through and through.” Akasha Richmond and Alan Schulman have put their heart and soul into A&R Cucina, and moving forward, will be focusing their undivided attention to their restaurant next door, AKASHA. The Torelli team will bring to life the Authentic and Rustic feel of Tuscan cuisine to A&R Cucina, and Akasha is very excited for the next step. We can’t wait for you to join us. We will let the food, wine, and service speak for itself ❤️
- Two Cannabis Hotels Are Coming to Coachella Valley [The Hollywood Reporter]