Fully wired restaurant and lounge combines technology & design
for interactive dining experience
(Dallas, TX) – All those 1s and 0s make for a digital dynamo at a premier Dallas hotel. The legendary Hilton Anatole welcomes its newest marvel, Media Grill + Bar – a fully interactive restaurant experience featuring contemporary American bistro cuisine, deluxe bar, dancing, and the latest in technology, including the largest commercial flat screen television available in the country and an interactive bar, one of two in the U.S. Located in the former Crocodile Disco, the new $5 million venue is the beginning of an extensive $25 million renovation of the Hilton Anatole’s Atrium II area.
Hilton Anatole’s Director of Food and Beverage Ed Dorman and Executive Chef Thomas Welther traveled to the hottest cities in America researching innovative concepts, designs, and trends to create the dynamic Media Grill + Bar. Says Dorman, “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that embodies the new look and feel coming to the Hilton Anatole.”
i-Bar + world wide wow
Designed by the internationally-renowned restaurant and hospitality design firm EDG, the 7,500-sq.ft. space with seating for 284 is warm and inviting with sleek, contemporary furniture, natural wood walls and earthy tones, a neutral environment for the colorful buzz of technology. The welcoming bar area, a central focus upon entering, is the perfect locale for gathering with a wrap-around bar accented with LED lighting, two lounge areas and a communal table, fondly nicknamed “The i-Bar” for its interactive technology. A large image of the world wide web soars over the lower-level dining room, and a neighboring private dining area seats 54.
What makes Media Grill + Bar truly unique is its technology. Digital divas and debonairs are offered free Wi-Fi, LED lighting, Bluetooth filing capabilities, and 26 HD displays, including a 103-inch plasma screen – the largest commercial flat screen available in the U.S. In addition, a multi-touch “Moovit” Displax™ interactive floor projects images to the floor and reacts to motion when guests walk over it. Plus, videos and images from a Blu-Ray Disc™ player are projected onto frosted glass, which can be viewed as a mirror image by guests seated on opposite sides of a dividing wall.
food + drink
All this technology can make a surfer hungry, and Media Grill + Bar delivers deliciousness.
Media Grill + Bar’s menu offers a selection of flatbreads, gourmet salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. Flatbreads “rise” to the occasion with toppings like grilled shrimp and chorizo; organic mushrooms, roasted garlic and manchego cheese; and smoked bacon, caramelized onion and ricotta. Delectable entrees include Crabcake Sandwich with peppered bacon, tomato, green apple slaw and chipotle mayo on brioche bun; Cassoulet of braised lamb shank, duck, chicken, sausage and white bean; and Braised Local Short Ribs with root vegetable puree. From a Valencia Orange Tart and vanilla syrup to White Chocolate Semi-Fredo and poached fruits, desserts are not to be forgotten.
The high-energy bar (as in a real bar, serving alcohol) features 12 American craft draught beers – including five Media Grill + Bar exclusives – wines, specialty cocktails and a late night bar menu available until 2 a.m. Starting at 10:30 p.m., tables are pushed to the side and a DJ takes over the dance floor.
touch + technology
One of Media Grill + Bar’s most tweetable features is its Interactive Bar, or “I-Bar” for short, which is one of only two in the country. Created and developed by Mindstorm Interactive, the flat surface features touch-sensitive lighting via eight interchangeable effects, such as bubbles, lasers, flowers, graphs and more. Customized logos and messaging can be programmed into the system for private groups and events as well, while six electric outlets serve as a charging station for laptops, smart phones and other mobile devices.
Touch-of-a-button ease extends to staff, as well. All systems, including music selection, volume, television channels and video playback, are administered through six cable feeds. An easy-to-use, touch-screen selection display located in back of house monitors and controls each function.
“With the Media Grill + Bar, we wanted to incorporate the kind of technology that not only engages each individual guest, but also creates the opportunity for them to connect and interact with each other,” explains Dorman.
Now that’s what you call social networking.
About Hilton Anatole
Located just three miles from Downtown Dallas, the Hilton Anatole is a renowned destination unto itself. The hotel features 1,606 richly appointed guest rooms and suites, more than 344,000 square feet of meeting and function space, a priceless art collection, impeccable dining and the refreshing V Spa. Start your legendary experience today at the Hilton Anatole hotel – where a warm welcome and world of luxury await. For more information, call 214.748.1200 or visit www.hiltonanatole.com.
About Media Grill + Bar
In the heart of Dallas’ own Hilton Anatole lies a pulsating vibe of digital deliciousness. Combining outstanding edibles with an interactive atmosphere, Media Grill + Bar is a unique location for dinner out, drinks with friends or business associates, corporate events and late-night dance parties. Features such as an Interactive Bar (“i-Bar”), the world’s largest commercial HD plasma flat-screen and a host of other techy treats provide an unparalleled interactive media experience for guests. Open seven days a week, Media Grill + Bar serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a late-night menu available from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, a DJ spins from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and tables are pushed back to reveal a touch-sensitive dance floor. Complimentary valet available with validation from Media Grill + Bar. For more information about Media Grill + Bar, please call 214.761.7439.