By John Schaffner

editor@reporternewspapers.net

The posh St. Regis Atlanta Hotel & Residences in Buckhead, along with its Paces 88 American bistro, will celebrate a long-anticipated grand opening April 11 at 88 W. Paces Ferry Road.

The 26-story St. Regis features 151 guest rooms and suites, 51 St. Regis Residences, 16,000 square feet of contemporary meeting and event space, two bars, the 7,800-square-foot Remède Spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility that overlooks the 40,000-square-foot Pool Piazza and poolside Grotto Bar. Each guest room and suite will come with the signature St. Regis Butler Service.

The Paces 88 restaurant is a rarity for St. Regis hotels. The ultrachic hotel company wanted something “luxurious yet approachable” for the fourth-floor restaurant in the Buckhead property, said the hotel’s director of food and beverage, Megan Gray.

Paces 88 is billed as a Southern-influenced farm-to-table bistro that features locally sourced ingredients.

“The idea was to create a neighborhood restaurant feel, a place you could come two or three times a week, where everyone knows your name,” said the hotel’s general manager, Simon Rusconi.

Prices will range for lunch entrees from $12 to $27 and for dinner entrees from $26 to $44.

Jonathan Jerusalmy comes to Atlanta as the Buckhead hotel’s executive chef after being executive chef of the five-star St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., and executive banquet and sous chef at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

Joining Jerusalmy is Atlanta’s Mark Alba, former executive chef at Food Studio and sous chef for Concentrics Restaurants and Canoe. He is chef de cuisine. Herve Pennequin, former sommelier at Nikolai’s Roof, is the St. Regis’ wine director.

Paces 88 is the first of two restaurants inside the St. Regis, which is managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group plans to open Pano’s in the fall as a re-creation of its flagship Pano’s and Paul’s, a Buckhead institution.