Ritz-Carlton Hotel Celebrates Grand Opening of Aqimero

Guests filled the hotel’s just-renovated lobby to sample the signature dishes and cocktails from celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s new Latin-seafood restaurant.

On June 23rd, guests gathered at the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton Hotel for the grand opening of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Latin-seafood restaurant, Aqimero. The 206-seat restaurant is located in the landmark property’s marble lobby, which is modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. Nearly 400 well-dressed guests including Richel D’Ambra, Jacqueline London (who stopped in before heading back to NBC Philadelphia to anchor the 11 p.m. news), and Councilman Mark Squilla filled the newly renovated lobby and restaurant to taste Sandoval’s signature dishes. Guests enjoyed cocktails at the newly designed bar, which used to be flush against the back wall, but now sits about 10 feet from the back wall creating an intimate lounge setting. Aqimero will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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