Kassi Beach House, the poolside Italian restaurant at Virgin Hotels, plans to hold off its opening at the resort. Virgin Hotels opens March 25, but Kassi Beach Club from hospitality group Wish You Were Here and restaurateur Nick Mathers, creator of LA’s Élephante and more, waits until mid-April to showcase its Italian food and drink menu with deejay lineups.
The restaurant and lounge offers lounge seating, day beds and cabanas poolside, bottle service, and private dining experiences with a weekend brunch and dinner service, as well as lunch on the way.
When it debuts, diners can expect to find wood-fired pizzas in the $18 to $24 range; spaghetti al cartoccio with Dungeness crab, tomato butter, chili, and rose wine for $26; a bone-in rib-eye steak dry-aged with chimichurri and roasted garlic for $110; veal Milanese pan fried with arugula and cherry tomatoes for $60; and a whole roasted dorade for $60.
Cocktails include the namesake Kassi with tequila, fresh citrus, watermelon, floral Vermouth, and house-made chili tincture; the Cavo Paradiso with honey, elderflower, bergamot, and fresh cucumber; and the Jamaica Fresca with mezcal, hibiscus, fresh citrus, cacao, and mezcal smoke. The venue offers bottle service and punch bowls as well.
The space features a bohemian feel with a terracotta arched entrance, peek-a-boo lighting, and an interior furnished with imported Italian stone and plastered archways emulating the Mediterranean islands. The 300-seat indoor-outdoor space offers beachy lounge seating, a center bar, fireplaces throughout, an intimate dance floor with a disco ball, and poolside patio with daybeds and cabanas.
Initially, the restaurant plans to be open from 5 p.m. to late Thursday through Sunday with brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m.