Iconic Hollywood Hotel, Sheraton Universal, Re-Launches Californias Restaurant and In the Mix Lounge

HOLLYWOOD, CA — (Marketwire) — 03/06/09 — One of Hollywood’s most iconic stars provesit’s not “over the hill” as it celebrates its 40th anniversary with a freshnew look. Sheraton Universal, Hotel of the Stars(TM), recently completedrenovation of Californias Restaurant, elevating it to a casual-chic spotfor California-inspired cuisine, and In the Mix, an art deco-inspired vodkabar. The new look and menus are complemented by the hotel’s long-standingreputation as a celebrity haven and warm, friendly service by seasonedstaff.

“Californias and In the Mix are regularly frequented by Hollywood A-listersfrom the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Matthew McConaughey and Gov. ArnoldSchwarzenegger,” says Peter Walterspiel, General Manager. “No matter whothe guest is dining with us, we pride ourselves on stellar service,delicious food and creative cocktails.”

Since many do not have the deep pockets of a celebrity, In the Mix offersone of the most economy-minded Happy Hour deals in Los Angeles: 50 percentoff ALL food and beverages. Happy Hour is available Monday through Fridayfrom 4 to 7 p.m. Plus, In the Mix offers special discounted nights tonearby workers. Currently, “HIP Nights” are for Universal Studios Hollywoodemployees and “Shampoo Nights” are for local salon employees.

Designed by Marina del Rey, Calif.-based hospitality design shopIntra-Spec, this Hollywood Regency-styled lobby lounge allows guests toenjoy more than 58 vodkas while relaxing in semi-private cabanas draped insheer fabric, Old-Hollywood-inspired chaise lounges and along the retro,elliptical bar that glows in the center of the lobby.

A major focus of the menu is infused and macerated vodkas, which arenatural, fresh spirits with no artificial perfumes or dyes. Signaturehand-crafted vodka cocktails include California Dreamin’ and the DeanMartini. Inspired by Dean Martin, this martini uses Roberto Cavalli vodka,an olive and comes with a lucky cigarette and book of matches.

For beer and wine drinkers, the bar serves 53 varieties of domestic andimported wines and eight hand-crafted California draft beers.Additionally, the menu has selections of 100 percent agave tequilas, singlemalt scotches, bourbons, cognacs and dessert wines.

No vodka bar fit for Hollywood executives would be complete without tastyappetizers, selections of caviar and “L.A.’s most expensive popcorn.” “TheUltimate Popcorn” menu selection is gourmet popcorn enhanced by truffle oiland served with a bottle of Dom Perignon for a price of $350. The bar isopen daily from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.

James Beard award-winning Executive Chef Urs Balmer designed the new menusat Californias with an emphasis on using locally-grown, fresh produce. Themenus accompany the restaurant’s sophisticated new look. The spacefeatures semi-private dining rooms, cozy booths and stylish banquettesoverlooking the pool. The color palette creates a sun drenched quality byday and warm glow in the evenings with crisp neutral tones, gleaming,retro-style leather chairs and bright accents of lime green and bananayellow.

For breakfast, guests can indulge in any of three options: the traditionalCalifornia Breakfast menu, the Healthy Start light breakfast menu or theBuffet. Prices range from $6 to $21.

For lunch, in a city known for its burgers, Californias recently debutedthe Ultimate Star Burger menu. The unique menu allows guests to create anindividual burger by selecting the meat, bread and toppings of theirchoice. Six types of burgers are offered including Black Angus Beef,American Kobe Beef, Colorado lamb, free-range turkey, veggie and surf andturf. Guests then choose from four types of buns and toppings from thedairy, garden, farm, ocean and pantry including fried egg and curriedcucumber yogurt. Beyond burgers, the lunch menu features scrumptiousappetizers, entres, entre salads and sandwiches ranging from $8 to $30.

At dinner, the restaurant transforms to elegant dining with plated servicesettings and white tablecloths. Chef Balmer’s signature dishes — whichrange from $22 to $38 — include Dijon Crusted Australian Rack of Lamb andPan Fried Chilean Sea Bass. Those with a sweet tooth will be satisfiedwith delectable desserts including Warm Chocolate Molton Cake andTraditional Tiramisu served with caramelized bananas.

Californias is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to10 p.m. on weekends.

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