Michael MacDonnell, former director of beverage at Las Vegas-based Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, has been appointed the director of food and beverage at The Raleigh in South Beach, Florida.
MacDonnell brings over 20 years of experience to this new at the boutique hotel. He is considered one of the industry’s top experts in mixology and service, and completes the Raleigh culinary leadership team alongside Chef Joshua Elliott.
Previously, MacDonnell received the distinction of “Best Bar Menu” by Vegas Seven and the top five influential food and beverage professionals in Las Vegas. He has been recognized by the media in the past, demonstrating “the art of classic American cocktails” on a full segment of the TODAY Show in 2013.
Over the course of his career, he has opened and operated over 40 concepts across the United States. He is also highly regarded for his work at other Las Vegas properties including Bellagio Resort & Casino and The Light Group.
In his role as director of food and beverage at The Raleigh, MacDonnell will oversee restaurant, bar and poolside service. According to a press release, his first task on the job will be “refreshing the cocktail menu” at the hotel’s speakeasy-style Martini Bar.
MacDonnell will be splitting his time between The Raleigh and Townhouse, another hotel located in Miami and also managed by sbe. At the Townhouse, MacDonnell recently launched two restaurants: K Ramen. Burger. Beer. and The Cape.
General manager of The Raleigh Gilberto Garcia Tuñon, said in the written release that he is “excited for the energy and fresh approach that [MacDonnell] is bringing to property across all food and beverage outlets.”