As Thanksgiving sneaks up, hotels and restaurants seek last-minute business – Business – MiamiHerald.com

Robert Festinger, vice president/managing director at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, said its restaurant, Kitchen 305, is geared up to serve 400 on Thanksgiving, compared to 250 last year. The company has been offering a discounted price for the buffet — $49 for two people — on The Miami Herald’s dealsaver.com since last week.

In addition to locals who want to make reservations instead of a multi-course meal, Festinger said the 325-room hotel will be unusually packed for the holiday weekend, which he described as typically “a little bit of a valley.” Some of those guests, he said, are regulars who are coming from areas in the northeast that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“I have customers that I’ve dealt with in the last five years and they’ve been calling and saying, ‘We’re coming down,’ ” he said. “ ‘We’re going to get out of New York, Long Island, Connecticut.’ ”

Airline and travel analyst Henry Harteveldt, with Atmosphere Research Group, said many people in New York and New Jersey are likely still dealing with too many hassles and expenses — and limited travel options — to plan last-minute getaways. But he figured some of those residents might try to make travel plans to warmer destinations for holidays later this year or early next.

But for James Dixion, a 29-year-old private investigator who lives in Manhattan and took a major hit from the storm, November was the time to get out of town. The Miami-Dade native said he’d been staying with friends and relatives and putting in claims for possessions he lost to flooding when he decided to head south for the holiday with his brother and sister to escape the post-Sandy ordeals — and the cold.

On Monday, Dixion said he planned to check into the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort on Tuesday morning after visiting friends in the area.

“I’m enjoying this weather and it feels good to be away from the mess,” he said. “Right now we’re like calm waters. I just want to enjoy some family, some friends and take it easy for a couple of days and deal with everything else later.”

As Thanksgiving sneaks up, hotels and restaurants seek last-minute business – Business – MiamiHerald.com.

November Events | Boca Raton Magazine

Kitchen 305 Celebrates Thanksgiving With Endless Holiday Buffet

Executive Chef Chris Wong has planned a Thanksgiving dinner designed for families and friends to enjoy at Kitchen 305. A combination of international gourmet cuisine and American holiday favorites, Wong is serving a hearty, all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast for $35 per person. The holiday meal begins with a choice of starters from the cold bar including cranberry and tangerine compote, Sicilian olive salad with artichoke hearts, imported artisanal and domestic cheeses, an assortment of pates and traditional dilled Icelandic gravlax with champagne mustard sauce. Diners will enjoy a carving station of oven-roasted turkey with Gilbert gravy, clove-studded, Smithfield Ham with maple glaze, prime rib with horseradish mouselline and herb roasted salmon topped with grain mustard cream sauce and salmon caviar. Turkey day trimmings include spicy andouille and oyster corn bread stuffing and toffee candied yams with pecan glaze and apple cured bacon and walnuts. An array of confections from apple and pear cobbler with Jack Daniel’s sauce, mini fresh fruit tartlets, flourless chocolate cake and old fashioned pumpkin pies promise to satisfy the sweet tooth. Celebrate the holidays with the Kitchen 305 family by calling 305-749-2110 for reservations.

November Events | Boca Raton Magazine.

| BookedMiami | Lifestyle For Less – Hotels, Airfare & Packages

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