Westward Look Announces New Director of Restaurants
Twenty-three-year restaurant industry veteran Puffenbarger joins Westward Look, shakes up fall dining season
Tucson, AZ (09/12/11) – Westward Look Resort, a favorite Tucson vacation destination, has announced their new Director of Restaurants, Morgan Puffenbarger. In his new role, Puffenbarger will oversee Westward Look's award-winning GOLD restaurant; the always entertaining Lookout Bar & Grille; the Monsoon Cafe?, serving Starbucks® coffee; Oasis, the resort's poolside bar; and room service.
So far, Westward Look's new Director of Restaurants has plans to help create a fresh fall menu for both of the resort's on-site dining venues, GOLD and Lookout Bar & Grille. The new menus will debut in mid-September.
Puffenbarger is also making changes at the Lookout Bar & Grille to accommodate the football season. He plans to move the Saturday night live musical entertainment to Friday nights for the fall. The Grille will then feature football on-screen on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and will offer a dining special for the season: a choice of a brat or hot dog and a draft beer for only $9.
While he's new to Westward Look, Puffenbarger is no stranger to Tucson or the restaurant industry. He attended Tucson's Saguaro High School followed by the University of Arizona, and has been involved in the food and beverage industry on many levels since 1988. His work has taken him from Tucson to Phoenix, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago. After working various positions in the restaurant business, including server, bartender and cook, Puffenbarger opened two venues of his own in Chicago. He ran a tavern named Flounders and an upscale restaurant called Sausalito Restaurant and Martini Bar from 1999 to 2005.
Following the sale of his Chicago restaurants, Puffenbarger and his family returned to Tucson. He was hired on at Westward Look, Tucson's first resort, this August.
Puffenbarger says of Westward Look, "It's a great property with a great history; the facility, views, and people are second to none."
For more information about Westward Look Resort, GOLD or Lookout Bar & Grille, please visit www.westwardlook.com.
ABOUT WESTWARD LOOK RESORT
Westward Look Resort is set in the foothills of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains on 80 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert. It offers 244 suite-sized rooms, two award-winning restaurants, a chef’s garden, the Sonoran Spa, eight tennis courts, desert hiking trails, on-site stables for horseback riding and multiple pools. In 2010, the resort was named an AAA Four Diamond Award® recipient, which honors the hotel for its commitment to excellence throughout the entire property, including GOLD restaurant, the resort’s extensive array of amenities, guest services and attention to detail. More information is available at 1-800-722-2500 and www.westwardlook.com.
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