T. Cook's and The Mix Up Bar Grand Re-Opening Event Last Night at The Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Though the newly renovated T. Cook's and The Mix Up Bar debuted over a month ago, the resort hosted an official grand re-opening event last night. If you've been impatiently holding your breath to find out just how they could have improved on the Old World charm of this well-loved local haunt, answers are finally here.
Lauren Saria A tasty tartare at T. Cook's, and if venison isn't your thing, The Mix Up Bar will also have a salmon tartare.
And if you were wondering what new Executive Chef Paul McCabe's "updated menu of New American cooking" will taste like, the simple answer is very good.
Courtey of The Royal Palms The updated interior of the T. Cook's dining room features a desert-inspired palette of oranges, reds, and blues.
The new design, led by Haley Balzano of Phoenix-based creative design team Bar Napkin Productions, kept the rustic charm for which for the restaurant has always been known, adding a modern feel by way of a bolder color scheme and other touches throughout the dining room and patios. There are a few beautiful elements, including the black and white tiling on the back wall and ornate iron chandeliers in the main space, but to say we won't miss the old-school glamour of the original design would be a lie.
And the outdoor dining area got a face lift, too, though those changes will be less noticeable than those inside. In addition to the large back patio, T. Cook's will be able to offer a new private dining area within the property's Orange Grove.
As far the new Mix Up Bar, imbibers will have plenty of space to lounge inside at the small (in a cozy way) bar. The space offers an assortment of rich leather couches, wingbacked chairs and those "intimate" nooks for which the property is known. The most interesting aspect is "The Study," a semi-private room decked out with candles, rustic bookshelves and Old World literature.
Courtey of The Royal Palms The Study can be used for business meetings or social gatherings.