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Cohn Restaurant Group launches new site

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San Diego restaurant powerhouse, the Cohn Restaurant Group, has recently launched a new Web site, dinecrg.com. The site was designed with guests in mind, built from suggestions and survey feedback from e-Cuisine Club subscribers and guests.

"Since we opened our first restaurant in 1986, we have been passionate about hospitality and our goal has been to provide our guests with the optimal dining experience. We now hope to provide the most convenient and user-friendly site possible, to ensure complete satisfaction with the CRG experience," said David Cohn, founder and president of Cohn Restaurant Group.

A key component to the improved site is the banner located under the CRG logo, which allows users to easily access each restaurant's personal homepage where users will find more information about the chefs, links to menus with pricing and information on special dining offers. Visitors to the site can book an event, request information using the "request for proposal" function or make a table reservation online.

Additional features include "What's on our Plate?," a link to CRG specials and featured events and gift card purchases are also available. The homepage features a link to Chef Deborah Scott's blog, "Skirts on Fire." Scott is a CRG partner and executive chef of Kemo Sabe, Indigo Grill, Island Prime and C Level. The blog link directs users to her biography, recent posts, as well as a text box that allows users to leave comments and questions for Scott.

Valley View Casino to enter hotel business

With vacation budgets tight and airline prices climbing, many travelers are forgoing their cross-country adventures and staying close to home. Now, local travelers will soon have another option: Valley View Casino in North County is building a lavish Four Diamond all-suite hotel, which offers the excitement of Las Vegas but with the convenience of being close to home.

Set to open in early 2010, and designed by JMA Architecture Studios, the hotel will feature 161 suites, including 16 1,000-square-foot luxury suites and one 2,000-square-foot penthouse, a 5,000-square-foot spa, 3,500-square-foot fitness center, infinity edge pool with cabana service, new lobby bar and lounge, gift shop, event center and a new Asian concept restaurant.

"Our guests have been asking for a hotel and now we are extremely pleased to be able to not only deliver that to them but exceed their wildest expectations," said Mike Gorczynski, general manager at Valley View. "This hotel is going to be a first-class property that will allow our guests to elevate their Valley View Casino experience to a whole new level."

Starmack re-brands historic hotel

The historic Rivera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, reopened on Oct. 15 with an entirely new look and feel. The Starmack Group, a full-service branding and marketing agency specializing in the hospitality industry, is responsible for the makeover and the property's re-introduction to the hotel world.

TSG created a new identity for the property using its historic position has a hotspot for glitz and glamour in the 1950s in conjunction with the renaissance currently under way in the greater Palm Springs area. As the construction team worked on the physical renovation, TSG renovated the brand, creating a new web site (psriviera.com), marketing pieces, print and display advertising, in-room materials, menus and more.

"Being able to take such a signature property such as this, and give it an entirely new life and introduce it to a whole new set of guests for years to come is an immense pleasure," said Greg Starmack, president of TSG. "Our whole team fully embraced the challenge of creating just the right vision and atmosphere for The Riviera and they developed an entirely new process to do so."

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