After much excitement in the community and a highly-anticipated opening, EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge, the elegant Palm Springs restaurant on North Palm Canyon Drive, will begin welcoming the public on Tuesday, September 1 with stylish flair and stellar cuisine.
In keeping with the chic spirit of the Uptown Design District, EIGHT4NINE Restaurant’s interior spaces offer a dazzling décor with an eclectic mix of rustic farm house tables juxtaposed with modern tables and contemporary chairs. The restaurant can accommodate various sized parties from a table of two to a party for 300 in its dining atmosphere that is equal parts glamorous opulence and welcoming comfort.
EIGHT4NINE’s eclectic menu features a celebration of West Coast Modern American Cuisine which focuses on both presentation and flavors. Executive Chef Chuck Courtney’s cuisine is executed with skillful finesse achieving delicately balanced flavor profiles. The menu features several Chef signature dishes such as Sourdough-Crusted Wildcaught Alaskan Halibut; Dungeness Crab-stuffed Piquillo Pepper, Saffron Aioli, served on top of Greens; and Cedar-Planked Sonoma Duck, Pinot Noir Risotto, Tart Plum and Cherry, Cracklings, Greens. Other menu specialties include Salade Nicoise with House Smoked Wildcaught Salmon, Haricot Verts, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Nicoise Olives, Farm Egg, Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette, and Capers.
The Chef will also prepare a daily 4-course prix fixe dinner menu offered at $44 per person. EIGHT4NINE’s HAPPY DAYS menu is served all day, every day menu in the lounge featuring a $9.00 section allowing our guests to say “We Ate 4 $9.” Guests can also enjoy casual dining options featuring an ala a carte menu with a selection of Vegetarian and Gluten free options.
EIGHT4NINE is housed in a historic building, designed by architects Lundgren & Maurer from Austin, TX, which was built in 1954 and served as the former Palm Springs U.S. Post Office. EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge co-owners Willie Rhine and John Pascal, created an inspired setting through a brilliant adaptive reuse project, giving this historic building a new lease on life. The result is a mid-20th century modern building infused with a thoroughly contemporary 21st century ambiance. “We were deeply committed to preserving the historic fabric of the building while bringing it up to 21st century standards,” commented Rhine. “We are extremely pleased and proud with the result.”
EIGHT4NINE encompasses an expansive space with various distinct areas for convivial dining and imbibing in the Grand Corridor, a selection of various sized private dining rooms; the Swanky Lounge; and a comfortable patio with majestic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
The restaurant’s interior décor features hot jewel-tone fabrics and original works of art provided by Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert and original photography provided by celebrity photographers such as Michael Childers, John Paschal, John Arsenault-Swiader, and Stacy Olson Jacob.
The striking crisp white interior of EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge creates a minimalist atmosphere and a blank canvas to reflect the diverse colors of the menu’s culinary creations.
EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge will be open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11am – 3pm. Saturday & Sunday brunch from 9am – 3pm and dinner 7days a week from 5pm. Various spaces can accommodate private parties for special gatherings.
Meet the Visionaries Behind the Vision. EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge is owned and operated by Willie Rhine and John Paschal. Willie Rhine is a 23-year resident of Palm Springs who started his career in the restaurant business at the acclaimed Le Vallauris Restaurant in Palm Springs, and later moved to popular Acqua Pazza in Rancho Mirage, working as General Manager for 10 successful years. Rhine transferred that success to Lulu California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs, where he continues to oversee the daily operations as General Manger.
John Paschal, has been in the desert for fifteen years. John is proud and grateful that his only job/ career has been in photography and he is still going strong after almost 40 years in the business which includes photo shoots with Brad Pitt, Eva Longoria, KTLA News Team Billboards, Cast Photos of T.V. Shows such as “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless.” Paschal opened Snapshot Palm Springs Studios, which has transformed into a top event space in the desert, hosting parties for major corporations and private clients.
Executive Chef Chuck Courtney brings his impressive culinary experience from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, as well as Northern and Southern California to EIGHT4NINE. During his successful career he has received media coverage in numerous high profile publications: Bon Appétit Magazine, Wine Spectator magazine, the New York Times, Diablo Magazine and The Contra Costa Times. His cuisine incorporates the diversity of West Coast culinary influences, while utilizing the freshest specialty produce, seafood and meats available. All dishes are prepared from scratch, reflecting each dish’s specific ethnic origins with Chef’s individual creative flair.
To book your private event at Restaurant 849, please contact: Willie Rhine at Willie@Eight4nine.com
Restaurant 849 is located at: 849 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262
For reservations: 760.325.8490