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The Diplomat Beach Resort In Hollywood Introduces A Geoffrey Zakarian Restaurant And 6 Other Concepts

One Hollywood Beach resort is about to step up its dining game—big time.

Yep, Diplomat Beach Resort plans to open seven (count: seven) new dining concepts early next year, and a restaurant from Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian is among them.

The restaurants also include other chef-driven concepts from Michael Schulson, a Philadelphia restaurateur who'll be opening a Japanese izakaya-style eatery, and "Top Chef Masters" contestant Sue Torres, who is introducing a poolside Nuevo Latino concept to The Diplomat.

It's all part of the $100 million transformation the newly renamed property is currently undergoing to rebrand itself as a high-energy destination resort, while still honoring its historical origins.

Howard Wein, founder of Howard Wein Hospitality and The Diplomat Restaurant Group, said his team is hoping the move will make The Diplomat the top culinary destination in South Florida.

“We have top chefs from across the country creating brand new concepts juxtaposed with completely original restaurants and culinary experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the country," he said in a statement.

Three other new restaurants have already opened at The Diplomat: old-school burger joint Bristol's Burgers, waterfront beer and wine garden Portico, and a renovated Diplomat Prime steakhouse. 

The seven new concepts opening in early 2017 are as follows:

Point Royal

Geoffrey Zakarian will be opening a coastal American concept that'll be his modern take on a seaside restaurant. The indoor-outdoor eatery will offer a raw bar, a center bar with the largest wine list on property, and a menu of Zakarian's signature American and seafood dishes. Point Royal will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Counter Point

This coffee and juice shop will be Zakarian's extension of Point Royal, providing locals and travelers a convenient option for specialty espresso drinks, cold brew coffee, fresh baked pastries, salads and sandwiches, and wine, beer and savory snacks for later in the day. Guests can carry out or dine in.


As a contemporary take on a classic izakaya (a shared-plates Japanese gastropub), Monkitail from Michael Schulson will serve modern Japanese fare, such as small plates, sushi, saké and other specialty cocktails. The restaurant will offer a robata grill on which skewered meats are prepared, a 15-seat sushi bar, private dining overlooking the Atlantic, and a discreet late-night karaoke bar in the back.


Chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone are taking poolside eats to the next level with their beachfront Nuevo Latino concept Playa, which will serve tacos, house-made tortillas, fresh salsas and guacamole, and cocktails made only with fresh juices.

The Hotel Bar

The indoor-outdoor bar and lounge from mixologist Willy Shine will serve classic cocktails from famous hotel bars around the world. 

Candy & Cones

This ice cream parlor will offer fresh ice cream churned on-site, custom sundaes, ice cream sandwiches and pops. The shop will also feature a classic soda fountain counter and penny candy wall with candy favorites sold by the pound.

The Canteen

The convenience store will sell beer and wine; chips, nuts and other snacks; prepared salads and sandwiches; and cookies, brownies and sweets for hotel guests. 

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Portico Beer & Wine Garden opened in June. (Photo by Dominic Perri)
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Bristol's Burgers also opened in June. (Photo by Dominic Perri)
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Rib sandwich from Bristol's Burgers. (Photo by Dominic Perri)
The new Diplomat Prime was revealed in September. (Photo by Dominic Perri)