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ORLANDO, Fla. (August 14, 2012) - Chef-inspired American tavern fare served in a comfortable and unique atmosphere is coming to Orlando with the October opening of a new neighborhood gathering spot, Marlow’s Tavern. Marlow’s Tavern will open at Pointe Orlando at 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 giving local residents and visitors a great place to create memorable experiences, enjoy chef-driven food and hand-crafted cocktails.
Restaurateur industry veteran Alan Palmieri was searching for his next career opportunity when he discovered Marlow's Tavern. After retiring from Darden Restaurants, Inc., where he was executive vice president of operations in the Specialty Restaurant Group, Palmieri knew that Marlow’s was what he had been looking for – the perfect neighborhood restaurant to serve his family, friends and the Orlando community. As a longtime Orlando resident with 37 years of restaurant experience, Palmieri knows that Marlow's Tavern is a perfect fit for the community. Palmieri will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and future development of the Orlando market.
“The decision to partner with the Marlow’s Tavern team was an easy one,” says Palmieri. “After working in this industry for my entire career, I have not seen a concept with this much passion around its quality food, creative beverages and attention to developing relationships with the staff, guests and neighborhoods. It is a concept that will give those discerning Orlando guests the exceptional hospitality that they deserve and expect daily,” adds Palmieri.
Marlow’s Tavern features the “best of the best” in classic American tavern fare, served in a modern atmosphere. The menus, created by Executive Chef and Co-founder John C. Metz, offer a diverse combination of classic dishes that are updated and elevated to a gourmet level. The beverage menu includes a wide variety of wines from around the world - all available by the glass - and a hand-crafted cocktail program that combines fresh juices and specialty, small batch liquors in an innovative and approachable way. The beer list is unique and varied, featuring local favorites, craft and import offerings by the bottle and on draft. Guests who visit Marlow’s Tavern will be welcomed with exceptional, personalized service and immediately feel the sincere and genuine hospitality from the entire team.
“We wanted to take the classic tavern fare and reinvent it for the 21st century for our guests by using seasonal, local and regional ingredients,” says Metz of how he created the Marlow’s food and beverage menus.
Marlow’s Tavern was designed with guests’ comfort in mind. The decor is timeless, with an innovative and brightened atmosphere and unique features, like contemporary lighting combined with Chicago brick and rich appointments. The restaurant is warm and inviting with exposed brick walls, dark wood accents, large leather booths and communal tables for a timeless look and feel.
“We are excited about this opportunity because each Orlando neighborhood is so unique,” says Metz. “We’re looking forward to partnering with Alan because he has such a great local presence, commitment to quality and strong ties to the values we believe are important to operate a successful business. Pointe Orlando is a vibrant and bustling location and we’re excited about the chance to offer our unique experience and our world-class hospitality to this neighborhood. We can’t wait to meet our new neighbors and become a regular stop for those who live and work nearby,” he adds.
In every community Marlow’s Tavern serves, it partners with local neighborhood associations and charities to support and give back to the people who have generously supported the local tavern and staff.
About the Marlow’s Tavern Team
Marlow’s Tavern has a seasoned team of restaurant talent behind the company. Metz earned his degree at the Culinary Institute of America and began his long-standing career at some of the finest restaurants in New York such as The 21 Club, Tribeca Grill and Montrachet. In addition, Metz served as executive chef and executive director of research and development for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, the franchisor for T.G.I. Friday’s, where he helped develop the brands of Italianni’s, Front Row Sports Grill and Samba Room. He currently serves on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association and is also the immediate past chairman for Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA).
Designer and Co-founder Tom DiGiorgio is a powerhouse in the development of commercial and residential real estate projects as well as an influential member of the Florida and Georgia restaurant scene. DiGiorgio is the president of the award-winning DK Group, a diversified holding company with current interests in construction, architecture and real estate development.
Partner and Co-founder Richard E. Rivera is president of Rubicon Enterprises LLC, a restaurant development company based in Sarasota, Florida, and has more than 40 years of experience in the industry. He is the past president and chief operating officer of Darden Restaurants also based in Orlando. In addition, he is a past chairman of the National Restaurant Association and a past chairman of the Florida Citrus Sports Association. He has received numerous industry awards including the Silver Plate award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. While at Darden, Rivera resided in Orlando for more than seven years, adding to the company’s familiarity and long time ties with the Orlando market.
Market Partner Hank Clark has partnered with Metz since 2001 after working for Darden Restaurants and Brinker International. He is currently responsible for the day-to-day supervision of Marlow’s Tavern in Atlanta.