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The Trophy Room Pairs Sophisticated Dining With A Dynamic Nightlife Experience

By Melanie Kopacz

The Trophy Room, opening this fall on South Shore Blvd. in Wellington, is in for the win. It promises a sophisticated dining experience that combines a wide variety of New American cuisine, a lux atmosphere and dynamic nightlife, all in one. “We want to create something that isn’t just a good meal — it’s an experience,” Trophy Room co-owner Rob Gray explained. Gray and his team hope to score big, taking over the location that formerly housed the Grille Fashion Cuisine, a hotspot popular with locals and visiting equestrians alike. Gray, who grew up in a family of equestrian riders, has teamed up with his friend and business partner, Teddy Vlock. The two formed T&R Develop-

ment — first focusing on real estate, and now, a newly formed hospitality division. The duo hopes to win over the hearts and appetites of both the Wellington community, and those who visit the winter equestrian capital of the world, by offering a global menu. “The menu is a great mix of what you would call New American,” Gray said. “It’s a broad term, giving you the freedom to touch on so many different areas. It has the steak house side to it, then Asian, mixed with some Italian

flair. So, it’s a great combination of cuisines.” Gray wants the entire experience to be desirable to people of all ages. “Something that appeals to a younger crowd that wants to come in and have a meal that they’re sharing, and maybe later dinner,” he explained. “But also be able to cater to an older crowd that wants to have the traditional appetizer, entrée and dessert.” Designing the menu is Executive Chef Joseph Bonavita Jr., a New York native who brings to the kitchen more than 12 years of experience. Bonavita studied at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago under worldrenowned chefs. He was most recently executive chef of the Tideline Ocean

(Left) Co-owner Rob Gray and (right) Executive Chef Joseph Bonavita Jr.

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