Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum Skypool Restaurant Dubai appoints management team ahead of launching

Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum Skypool Restaurant Dubai appoints management team ahead of launching

Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum Skypool Restaurant Dubai, a high-end Italian eatery on level 14 of Radisson Beach Resort at West Beach, The Palm Jumeirah, has appointed its management team ahead of its mid-September opening. Overseeing the branded restaurant are founders Russell Treadwell and Alex Blahyj.

Currently based in the Middle East, Treadwell brings with him 20 years of experience in operations, business development and procurement as CEO of Fendale Logistics, while co-founder Blahyj has a solid entrepreneurial background in manufacturing, retail, and logistics. The duo share a similar passion and drive for starting and growing disruptive businesses in their respective industries.

Sidney Visser and Alex Mcnally have both been appointed general manager. Having kicked off his career in early 2000, Visser has risen through the ranks. For over a decade, he has opened and/or operated restaurants in Tenerife, South Africa, Bali and Dubai, including a number of award-winning concepts.

Mcnally has a successful track record in the industry, with over ten years of experience spanning Australia, England, and Dubai. He was inspired to work and travel internationally and joined the prestigious luxury Jumeirah Hotels. Mcnally also managed the award-winning café Tom&Serg in Dubai.  

At the heart of the culinary team is executive chef Sydney de Hart, who brings 16 years of luxury culinary experience to the role. As executive chef, he will oversee the kitchen operations at Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum and will create and deliver memorable dining experiences through his unique approach.


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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