ATLANTA (Atlanta Business Chronicle) -- The revolving restaurant atop downtown's Westin Peachtree Plaza has gotten a million-dollar makeover.
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The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View reopened Tuesday, August 13 after a more than three-month renovation, its first major remodel since 1998.
"It needed to be upgraded," said Brad Schoknecht, director of restaurants and bars at the hotel. "It was a very tired restaurant... We had a purple ceiling."
Now, it's got a fresh look. Westin spent about $1.3 million on the restaurant, according to project manager Steve Smith.
Carolyn Auger of Blackdog Studio was the designer.
"Now, we have a space that's beautiful -- that's state of the art," Schoknecht said. "We've completely modernized it, but not lost the iconic feel."
Chef Jason Starnes also has revamped the menu, which will feature seasonal dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.For example, the summer menu includes entrees such as seared salmon, milk-poached pork chop and roasted filet of beef.
"We're stepping up our game on our dinner service," Schoknecht said. "We are trying to change with the times."
The bar menu has changed, too. There are now Georgia-made beers such as Jailhouse Brewing Company's Break Out Stout and Monday Night Brewing's Drafty Kilt. And, there are local liquors such as Southern Vodka and Dawsonville Moonshine.
"We are on a mission here," said Alp Arman, manager of restaurants and bars. "It's not just a restaurant."
Designed by renowned Atlanta architect John Portman, the Sun Dial opened with the Westin hotel in 1976. Located 723 feet in the air, its panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline have long attracted diners.
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