“The SLS brand is fun, whimsical, luxurious and service oriented,” says Tom Mauri, Owner’s Agent for SLS Hotels. “We feel that this property differentiates itself with the heavy F&B and night-life components that [we] bring to the property.” Mauri calls the property “a fully integrated, heavily F&B-based property.” There are two restaurants on the ground floor of the building, with 124 hotel rooms and 453 luxury condo units on the floors above. The Garden Club on the ninth floor features a wraparound terrace with a pool bar, and the Sky Roof on the 52nd floor has an outdoor dining area. Art is an important part of the SLS Hotel & Residences Brickell experience. World-famous designer Philippe Starck is “the cornerstone of the design portion of our brand,” Mauri says, adding that the hotel is “a very art-centric prop-erty.” The breathtaking multicolored murals on the outside of the building are matched by the art inside, which includes a dramatic video installation and artwork from the collection of developer Jorge Pérez. But it’s the two ground-floor restaurants that are really grabbing attention. Internationally renowned chef and James Beard Award winner José Andrés is the mastermind behind Bazaar Mar, which serves a sumptuous selection of sea-food with a seasonal emphasis on local ingre-dients. Classics inspired by Andrés’ homeland, Spain, are also featured on the menu. Another Beard Award winner, Michael Schwartz, is at the helm of Fi’lia, which offers simple, artisanal Italian foods. Top chefs require top equipment, and when it comes to choosing refrigeration equipment, they select Victory products. Luis Fernandez,

Vice President of LACE Foodservice, which supplied the Victory equipment for the project, called it “nothing typical as far as equipment is concerned.” The Victory reputation for producing only the highest-quality equipment was a factor in the purchase. “The SLS facility is absolutely top-notch, and they were looking for the very best-performing refrigeration they could find,” says Alex Tappé, Vice President of Sales for Victory Refrigeration. “They looked at Victory as the Rolls-Royce of refrigeration. They’re re-ally investing a lot of money in the food they’re keeping in those refrigerators, so they want to protect it as well as possible.” The restaurant kitchens have a total of four UltraSpec refrigerators, five UltraSpec freezers and one refrigerator/freezer combination unit. There’s also a Victory refrigerator at the outside pool bar. “We’re extremely satisfied with the craftsmanship and quality of the Victory product,” says Mauri. Fernandez agrees. “Victory has always been a very good brand, a very high-quality brand,” he says, noting that the performance and style of Victory products are constantly improving. “They work right out of the box, and there really haven’t been any real issues besides standard service calls.” With a little help from Victory, the SLS Brickell is becoming one of the brightest stars in Miami. The Brickell area now “is a dynamic part of Miami,” says Tappé. “To be in on part of this development of this section of Miami is exciting.” Mauri sums up his feelings about the restaurants this way: “We think they’re going to do fantastic and expand the culinary world.”

“The SLS brand is fun, whimsical, luxurious and service oriented.”