Bar Cecil, the Palm Springs bistro celebrating the creativity and diversity of writer, photographer, designer and bon vivant Cecil Beaton, is scheduled to open for dinner on April 20. Reservations for dining on dates in April through June will be available on their website starting on April 9.
“We’re thrilled to announce our opening date and we thank everyone for their patience as we worked on this dream throughout the pandemic and all of the challenges it presented,” said Nate VanDeventer, partner and general manager.
Bar Cecil is a love letter to Beaton’s vision of life and art: a celebration of what’s good and beautiful and in the process making memories through food, drink and warm hospitality. Bar Cecil is for those who follow the beat to their own drum, horn or whatever inspires them to create, to be individuals, and to embrace diversity.
The culinary team is led by partner-executive chef Gabriel Woo, former executive chef of Sparrow’s Lodge and Holiday House in Palm Springs, and a 2019 guest chef at James Beard House in New York City.
“The bistro menu honors local provisioners and the finest seasonal produce with a nod to the great American and European bistro experiences,” says Chef Woo. Entrees include steak + frites, roasted Gonestraw Farms chicken, pan seared halibut, smoked bone-in pork chop, and a classic pasta. In the perfect Beaton style, the menu’s “Why Not?” choices include Thomas Keller’s Regiis Ova caviar service, oysters on the half shell, a dry aged tomahawk steak, and The Fifty Dollar Martini, a Beluga vodka cocktail served with a deviled egg topped with Regiis Ova caviar and a house pickled cocktail onion. For special occasions, a bespoke wine pairings menu called the Beaton Experience can be arranged with an assortment of specialty dishes on a table set with china from Luke Edward Hall and other creative design elements. Bar Cecil also offers a full bar serving classic and inventive cocktails.
Cecil Beaton was a writer, a photographer, a set designer and a lover of all things interesting and beautiful. The jewel box dining room and bar is a modern take on English wallpapers, warm woods and brass finishes, with inviting chartreuse velvet tufted booths and signature cerulean blue barstools. The 75 seat restaurant also includes chic and intimate patio dining in a garden setting accented with Schumacher floral print pillows and cushions. Signed prints from Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Damien Hirst, Sam Francis, Donald Sultan line the walls, and of course, include timeless photographs from Beaton’s portfolio. Murals and painted details from local artist Tysen Knight and the restaurant’s partners complete the collection.
The dining room is managed by partner and general manager Nate VanDeventer, who joins the team from Lightning Bar Collective in Portland, OR, and who was a consultant for the opening of Villa Royale and Del Rey in Palm Springs in 2018.
Bar Cecil is a collaboration and partnership with:
- John Janulis, lead partner. Owner of Lightning Bar Collective in Portland and Villa Royale / Del Rey in Palm Springs.
- Richard Crisman & Jeff Brock. Majority owners of Sparrows Lodge and Holiday House. Other hospitality investments in Palm Springs include Les Cactus, Ingleside Inn and AsiaSF-PS.
“In the depths of the pandemic, we found hope and inspiration in Beaton’s zest for life, freedom of expression, celebration of diversity, and varied talents which transcended the standards and norms of his time,” says VanDeventer. “We’ll also admit to sharing many bottles of rosé along the way!”
Bar Cecil is located at 1555 S Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, just north of the curve delineating S Palm Canyon Drive and E Palm Canyon Drive in Plaza de Sol (the former Stein Mart shopping center). Dinner will be served Tuesday-Sunday from 5pm. Due to COVID precautions, reservations are required for all guests. Reservations for dinner on dates from April 20 through June will be available at barcecil.com beginning on April 9.
For menus and additional details on Bar Cecil, please visit barcecil.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.