Hotel, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant opening in Old Town Scottsdale

Hotel, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant opening in Old Town Scottsdale

Article originally posted by Phoenix Business Journal on January 7th 2022.
 
 
Old Town Scottsdale’s new hotel, Senna House, built at the site of the former Don & Charlie’s restaurant, will feature Cala, a Mediterranean inspired restaurant created by Clive Collective, a Scottsdale-based restaurant group.
 
Senna House, which opened in December, is the first new hotel to open in the Old Town entertainment district since the W Hotel opened in 2008. The 6-story hotel includes 169 guest rooms and was developed by Opwest Partners and Argosy Real Estate Partners. The hotel is a Curio Collection by Hilton, located at 7501 E. Camelback Road. 
 
On the ground floor, chef Beau MacMillan will be culinary director for the restaurant, called Cala, which will open Jan. 21 and will feature Mediterranean flavors inspired by Italy and Greece.
 
   MacMillan first got involved with Clive Collective at their restaurant Money, Baby!, which is located in the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Up to that point, he had not had the chance to work outside his role as the culinary advisor of the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, but he saw the work Clive Collective had done in Scottsdale and loved their plans for Las Vegas.
“They are true visionaries,” MacMillan said. “What they were doing with Money, Baby! is so much fun, and it opened with a bang. We fell into a great opportunity here in Scottsdale right off the Old Town market with Cala.” 
 
MacMillan said his goal with Cala is to provide a fun experience for people in a well-designed space with a really strong food and beverage program. The restaurant is also working with the food and beverage program at the hotel for room service and other food in Senna House.
 
“We wanted to touch on the great regions of the Mediterranean, with fresh cuisine that is approachable and light,” he said. The restaurant includes a 40-foot outdoor bar on a 1,750-square-foot patio, which has a storefront that fully opens so diners can enjoy indoor/outdoor dining when the weather is nice. 
 

Filling a void

Justin Massei, co-founder and head of operations for Clive Collective, said there was “a little bit of a void” in the Old Town area for a restaurant like Cala. The group has been working on the project for about a year. Peter McQuaid will be the executive chef and Clint Spotleson is the master cocktail curator.

 “Old Town has a lot of nightclubs and nightlife, but we wanted to bring something for a different demographic,” he said. “Cala will be a place where people can come enjoy brunch, wine, cocktails or dinner and stay and spend some time here.”
 
Mikis Troyan, co-founder and managing partner of Clive Collective, said the Mediterranean food and atmosphere that will be created at Cala will be unique for the area. 
 
All three said they expect all the dishes at Cala to become favorites, but said the “pasta program is going to blow people away,” and said other dishes like a vegan eggplant dish, pizzas, crudo and others featuring octopus or lamb will also be staples at the restaurant.
 
 
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