The Ray Hotel by Hilton in Delray Beach is making some big culinary moves.
This fall, the property will expand its current culinary program with the launch of Campi, a new concept by acclaimed restaurateur Curt Huegel, former founder of LDV Hospitality, and current founder of Host Restaurants, which own the classic Italian New York City dining institution Campagnola.
In Delray Beach, Huegel's new venture, Campi, is designed to transport the essence of his famed Manhattan eatery to South Florida, which will occupy the space that formerly housed Ember Grill and sit opposite of the restaurant's signature restaurant, Akira Back.
Known for conceiving recognizable NYC haunts including Bill’s Townhouse, American Cut, and Scarpetta, Huegel looks forward to launching a variation of this acclaimed venue in South Florida.
The chef tells News Break he wishes to create a new sense of nostalgia with Campi, where guests can expect to indulge in a number of Italian classics and soon-to-be Campi favorites, which will be thoughtfully paired with celebrated wines and craft cocktails using only fresh, sustainable and local ingredients from regional purveyors.
“We’ve found a new culinary home here in Delray Beach, with this being our third restaurant we will open in the Downtown area," shares Heugel. "Coming to The Ray Hotel was something of a no-brainer for us as the property itself exudes that vibrant, beachy, yet modern feel, a perfect fit for Campi."
In addition to Campi, The Ray will expand its partnership with world-renowned chef Akira Back — whose eponymous first-floor restaurant has gained mass acclaim as one of the best restaurants in Palm Beach. Moving forward, Back will be taking over the hotel's rooftop venue, Rosewater Rooftop.
Breathing new life into one of the area's most stunning rooftops bars, Back will bring his own unique style of food and beverage to the venue, which will be a melting pot of cultures, serving guests a new menu of both hot and cold bites.
A new beverage program, seasonal in nature, will accompany the menu, focusing on premium cocktails and spirits. Guests can also expect an elevated entertainment program, with the energy only the celebrity chef can bring.
"I could not be more excited to be expanding in Delray Beach with Rosewater Rooftop. Delray Beach is a special culinary and hospitality destination that I'm happy to be able to add my vision and concepts," says Back. "Our goal is to combine the best of Akira Back service and culinary standards with the amazing ambiance and beautiful views at Rosewater Rooftop."
Since its opening in 2021, The Ray Hotel has aimed to set a new standard for upscale, design-focused hospitality in Delray Beach, becoming a staple for visitors and residents desiring a modern South Florida escape. Looking to enhance their already celebrated food and beverage program, The Ray is raising the bar, setting its sights on becoming a true dining destination.
“We are thrilled to have Curt Huegel at a second property of Menin’s, and for him to bring Campi to the Ray Hotel," shares Menin Development president Jordana Jarjura. "I’ve been going to Campagnola NYC for decades, and look forward to having that level of service and delicious Italian fare in downtown Delray Beach. It's our goal to see Rosewater and Campi establish The Ray hotel as an amazing dining and entertainment destination in not just Palm Beach County, but all of South Florida."
Along with taking over opening Campi, Huegel and his team will oversee all banquet and event catering, the Lobby Bar and the Coffee Shop at The Ray.
The Ray Hotel. 233 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach; 561-739-1700; hilton.com.