Janos and J BAR at Westin La Paloma Resort to Close in MayTUCSON, Ariz. (April 26, 2012) - Tucson's signature luxury resort and spa, The Westin La Paloma Resort, and James Beard award winning chef Janos Wilder announce the closure of Janos and J BAR restaurants in May. After 15 years of hosting locals and visitors from around the globe on property at The Westin La Paloma Resort, the renowned dining and entertainment venues will serve their final meals on Saturday, May 26, 2012.
The iconic Westin La Paloma Resort has recently transitioned to new ownership, Southwest Value Partners (SWVP), and is in the midst of planning a large-scale property rejuvenation. SWVP plans to use the space occupied by Janos and J BAR to offer a new restaurant concept inspired by its dramatic views, local flavors, and creatively fun libations. Details on these developments will be forthcoming.
"The Wilders and their restaurants have been extremely valuable partners of The Westin La Paloma Resort. Chef Janos' contributions to the local and national culinary scene have certainly enhanced the Tucson experience for many of our guests and clients. We wish him the best and look forward to exciting developments in his and our future," said Jonathan Litvack, The Westin La Paloma Resort General Manager.
"Rebecca and I are looking forward to concentrating on our latest venture, DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails. We are currently considering several new opportunities for our culinary expressions. Our relationship with The Westin La Paloma Resort has been wonderful. We close our doors here with deep appreciation for the partnership we've enjoyed with the resort, the many guests who have supported us over the years, and for the staff members who have embraced our dream and made it their own," stated Chef Janos Wilder.
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About Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa's 250 acre property reflects and basks in the stunning beauty of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains. The AAA Four Diamond property offers restorative amenities and 60,000 sq. feet of inspiring meeting space minutes from world-renown attractions and endless entertainment options. Premier offerings include the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the transformative Red Door Spa, five spectacular pools, ten championship tennis courts, and a diverse collection of culinary experiences, led by the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine of Azul Restaurant Lounge. For additional information call 520.742.6000; (800) 937-8461 or visit www.WestinLaPalomaResort.com.
About Janos Wilder
Janos and Rebecca Wilder opened Janos Restaurant on the grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art in 1983. In 1998 the Wilders relocated the restaurant to the grounds of The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa and in 1999 opened J BAR, a casual Latin grill. Janos has received the Mobil Four Star Award, the AAA Four Diamond Award and in 2000 was named top chef in the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation. In October, 2010 he opened DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails serving modern American cooking based on culinary traditions from Indo-China, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America as well the chef's take on traditional American classics. Janos has become a leading proponent of the exploration and use of indigenous ingredients and lends his energies to as a chef and restaurateur to preservation and continuation of heirloom seeds, food traditions and independent restaurants. For additional information about Chef Janos and his restaurant concepts, visit http://www.janos.com.