Atlantis, Paradise Island Unveils Three New Bahamian Culinary Offerings at Resort’s Marina Village
Resort has collaborated with local businesses, Frankie Gone Bananas, McKenzie’s Conch Shack and Pirate Republic Brewery, to create culturally authentic dining experiences for guests
PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS – November 29, 2017 – Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas has unveiled three new, local-infused dining concepts at the resort’s Marina Village marketplace. Staying true to the resort’s commitment to nurture the Bahamian entrepreneurial community and immerse guests in authentic experiences, the entry of local restaurants Frankie Gone Bananas, McKenzie’s Conch Shack and Pirate Republic brewery, provides local business owners with a platform to share the various tastes, culture and spirit of the country with guests and visitors of Atlantis.
Reasonably priced and conveniently located on-property, each of the new outposts at Marina Village paint a vivid picture of Bahamian culinary traditions. From signature fish fry platters and freshly prepared conch salads to endless flights of Bahamian-crafted beer, patrons of these new restaurants and experiences can live like a “tru tru” local without having to physically leave the resort.
Frankie Gone Bananas: Fish Fry Experience
Frankie Gone Bananas brings a taste of the island’s rich culinary flavors to Atlantis. A favorite of Nassau residents for years (with its original location situated at Arawak Cay), Frankie’s is renowned for its fish fry – the flavourful marriage of fresh seafood and spices battered and fried to perfection. The new Marina Village outpost offers guests a range of Bahamian dishes, from Coconut ‘n Kalik Soup (infused with local beer), Mahi Mahi and cracked conch to fresh lobster tail accompanied by signature island staples: peas ‘n rice, mac n’ cheese and fried plantains. Guests of Frankie’s can also sip on Bahamian cocktails infused with specialty ingredients, which include the rum-based Goombay Smash, a secret recipe which originated in the out island of Abaco, and “Sky Juice,” a traditional blend of Gin, coconut water and sweet milk that locals can’t live without.
McKenzie’s: Fresh Conch Salads
Famous for having some of the best conch salad in Nassau, McKenzie’s Conch Shack has opened its first outpost at Marina Village, featuring the same live conch preparation as featured at the original location in Potters Cay. Guests of McKenzie’s are encouraged to pull up a bar stool as they watch local Chefs prepare their conch salads (said to be an aphrodisiac) with fresh, local citrus. The shack also serves Sands authentic Bahamian beer, a variety of mixed drinks and original daiquiri recipes.
Pirate Republic Brewery: Bahamian Craft Beer
Rated one of the best micro-breweries in the Caribbean and currently the only craft brewery in the country, Pirate Republic offers guests a variety of local beers, complemented by “bar talk” about the history of pirates in The Bahamas and surrounding islands. The first outpost of the original Nassau location, the brewery features drafts and flights from Pirate Republic’s signature menu, ranging from the Black Beer’d Stout (chocolate malt), to the iconic Island Pirate Ale (flagship Bahamian India Pale Ale) and Gold & Haze of Piracy (wheat-based Belgian Ale). Pirate Republic’s light bites range from fresh jerk chicken to ahi tuna and a specialty sausage menu.
“Our commitment to bringing local culture, flavors and tradition to Atlantis has allowed us to discover some incredible partners to contribute to the overall casual dining experience at the Resort. The additions of Frankie Gone Bananas, McKenzie’s and Pirate Republic at Atlantis not only encourage guests to have a more authentic island experience focused on the distinct tastes of The Bahamas, but it also simultaneously creates new economic opportunities and creative platforms for local entrepreneurs,” says Audrey Oswell, President & Managing Director of Atlantis Paradise Island.
“We are fully committed to the cultural development of the resort, through immersive experiences, interactions and educational activities related to the country’s cuisine, history, and art. By attaching the Atlantis name and stamp of approval to these local brands, I am very hopeful that our connection to the world will continue to present opportunities for these entrepreneurs even beyond The Bahamas,” continued Oswell.
The new dining options join a series of regional experiences and interactions that recently debuted at Marina Village, including an Art Walk where guests can support local Bahamian artisans as well as sample locally grown and made products, seasonal festivals featuring performances by Bahamian musicians (including Junkanoo) and a variety of local culinary offerings at other parts of the resort. Recently, local Chef Wayne Moncur opened Sun & Ice, a farm-to-table Bahamian gelato parlor, at the newly renovated The Coral, while Chef Julie Lightbourn debuted the first official outpost of Sip Sip at the brand new poolscape at The Cove.
For more information on cultural offerings at Atlantis Paradise Island, please visit: atlantisbahamas.com.
About Atlantis, Paradise Island:
Atlantis, Paradise Island is a lush, oceanside resort located on Paradise Island in The Bahamas. A dynamic destination that launched 20 years ago as a first-of-its-kind modern marvel of nature and engineering, Atlantis has embarked on a new chapter tied to a meaningful connection with the ocean, Bahamian culture and the spirit of the property’s over 7,500 employees. The resort’s new, immersive programming connects guests to the rich history, art, people, food and festivities of The Bahamas.
Atlantis features five distinct properties in which to stay, from the iconic Royal Towers to the original Beach and Coral Towers to the newly built luxury properties, The Cove and The Reef. The Coral has reopened as a fully redesigned family escape with a new lobby, new rooms, and new amenities – with a new pool to officially debut in November 2017.
The resort is built around Aquaventure, an innovative, 141-acre waterscape of thrilling slides and river rides, pools and white sand beaches. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, over 50,000 marine animals from 250 species make their home in the ocean fed environments. From unparalleled meeting and convention space to the luxury Atlantis Marina accommodating yachts up to 220 feet in length overlooking Marina Village, a Bahamian marketplace, the Atlantis experiences are endless. Other resort amenities include the 30,000sf tranquil Mandara Spa, Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA) for children ages 3-12 and CRUSH, a cutting-edge teen club. The resort’s award-winning 18-hole Tom Weiskopf designed golf course, renowned Atlantis Casino and duty free shopping are complemented by the property’s 40 restaurants and lounges with celebrity chef culinary masterpieces including Nobu, by Nobu Matsuhisa; Olives, by Todd English and Casa D’Angelo by Chef Angelo Elia.
Dolphin Cay, the resort’s 14-acre marine mammal habitat, is a state-of-the-art education center and animal-rescue rehabilitation hospital whose first residents were 16 rescue dolphins from Hurricane Katrina. Visitors to Dolphin Cay can participate in creative, non-disruptive “interactions” that build real awareness, stir emotion and help fund the resort’s conservation efforts. Through these guest participations and those offered through Atlantis Marine Adventures, over $5 million dollars has been generated to support environmental conservation via the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation (ABPF), a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization.
For reservations, visit www.AtlantisBahamas.com or call your travel agent or 800-ATLANTIS.
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