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500 South Restaurant & Lounge Opens

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (April 2008) – As part of its $10 million property-wide renovation, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village dramatically redesigned its restaurant, and has just opened it as a new restaurant and bar called 500 South, An American Grill. Specializing in New American Regional Cuisine, using the freshest ingredients in the region, 500 South is under the direction of the resort’s talented Executive Chef James Adams.

Located just off of the resort’s beautifully-remodeled lobby, the upscale 500 South boasts striking architecture, a picturesque full-length wine wall, colorful new furniture, chic hardwood floors, warm wood tones, and dramatic lighting. The restaurant is in a redesigned space that previously housed The Cypress Pointe Restaurant and The Links Lounge.

Adjacent to the restaurant is the new 500 South Lounge, which boasts an impressive 50-inch television as the centerpiece. Featuring beautiful hardwood floors, colorful carpeting, new furniture in vibrant reds and oranges, several additional flat-screen televisions, and many conversational seating areas, it also has an enhanced and remodeled billiard room.

Open to the public, the 500 South restaurant is open nightly for dinner from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., with a diverse menu and comprehensive wine and cocktail lists. Appetizer offerings range from Blue Crab Cake Portobello with Remoulade Sauce, to Caramelized Gulf Shrimp Lettuce Wrap, to Baked Colossal Onion Soup. The diverse entrées include Filet Mignon & Shrimp Scampi, Mediterranean Chicken, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Penne Pollo, and Braised Coconut Halibut. Sandwiches and salads are also available for dinner, with such choices as Chop Chop Salad, Classic Caesar Salad with Grilled Shrimp, Black Angus Burger, and the Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich. A large dessert menu features such tempting options as Bananas Xango, Chocolate Lava, Anastasia Island Trifle, and Bourbon Pecan Pie. Appetizers and salads start at $6, with entrées ranging from $13 - $26, and desserts starting at $6.

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The restaurant is also open for breakfast from 6:30 – 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, and from 7 a.m.-noon on Saturday and Sunday. Diners have the option of a bountiful breakfast buffet, or ordering off of the menu. Morning menu offerings include Omelet Your Way, Broken Yolk Fried Egg Sandwich, Lemon Souffle Pancakes, Belgian Waffles, Banana Oatmeal Brulee, and Grilled Chicken Benedict.

The large Breakfast Buffet, which is available from 6:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday-Friday, or from 7 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday, is just $14.95 per person. Offerings include eggs and omelets made-to-order, a “build-your-own” waffle station, Cheese Blintzes, Hominy Cheese Grits, Smoked Apple-wood Bacon, Country Link and Sausage Patties, and fresh Bagels. 

In addition, the restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Cajun Popcorn Shrimp, Cheddar & Black Bean Quesadilla, Pecan Chicken Salad, Roger’s Reuben, American Steak Sandwich, and Backyard Style BBQ Chicken Sandwich are among the many selections.

“500 South is a wonderful new restaurant, under the direction of our very talented executive chef,” said Mark Schwantner, general manager of The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. “Specializing in the freshest ingredients from the region, it offers a diverse selection of offerings that will please virtually any diner. Residents of Jacksonville and St. Augustine, as well as our resort guests, will truly enjoy the delicious cuisine and chic new look of the restaurant, as well as the stylish, comfortable, and fun atmosphere of the new bar.”

For information or reservations to 500 South Restaurant, call (904) 940-8623

The opening of the new restaurant and bar is part of the resort’s comprehensive $10 million renovation, with almost all of the projects now complete. The project included the complete remodeling of all 301 guest rooms and suites, dramatic changes to the resort’s lobby atrium and entry area, remodeling of all guest room corridors, new lighting throughout the public spaces, a beautiful remodeling of its billiard room, enhancements to the meeting offerings and business center, and even the addition of a new “signature scent.”  
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Guest rooms and suites now feature all new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, lighting, flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions, and the signature Marriott JackPack. The rooms and suites feature a beautiful contemporary design with an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings with crisp white linens, along with a complementary color scheme of warm neutral gold.

The entry of the resort boasts beautiful new flooring, wood-wrapped columns, and accents of the Florida citrus colors. The entry leads to a dramatically remodeled 10-story atrium lobby, which now has a Colonial/Asian theme with new furniture in hues of blue and green, new carpeting, new lighting, an enhanced waterfall and stream, and lush foliage. Probably the most dramatic change to the atrium was the addition of a colorful new 7-story modern hanging sculpture that captures the wind and air elements, reminiscent of open Florida skies.

As part of the $10 million renovation, the resort incorporated many “green” initiatives into the project, which resulted in the resort just being awarded the prestigious One Palm Rating by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), showing it is a certified participant in the Florida Green Lodging Program. 

For more information on The Renaissance Resort, call 904-940-8000, visit, or stop by to see this beautifully-enhanced resort and experience its new restaurant.

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