Vi at Aventura recently announced that it will soon begin a multimillion-dollar remodel project that includes design and functional updates to the community’s common areas. The overall goal of the refresh: Modernize the community so that current and future residents can focus on living their extraordinary daily lives with ease and comfort, in beautiful, fresh surroundings.
The refresh is part of a two-year capital investment at Vi at Aventura, and the community’s first major remodel since it opened its doors to residents in 2003.
“It’s time to update our community to reflect who lives here now — and the future residents we’re attracting,” Misha Mann, Vi’s Director of Interior Design, said.
Creating a modern dining experience
Phase one of the remodel project is a complete overhaul of the community’s casual and formal dining venues. According to Mann, both restaurants will be enhanced with a modern color palette and all-new furniture and fixtures, as well as a reimagined culinary experience available in two distinct restaurants: SeaView, a casual restaurant, and Azure, a more formal option.
“Through these two new restaurants, we’re going to make subtle changes to our dining program, gradually introducing new ingredients and flavors in our daily menus,” said Steve Sandblom, Vi’s Director of Food and Beverage. The new menus will offer fresh preparations of current residents’ favorite items, as well as more adventurous cuisine with an international flair.
In addition to the two main dining rooms, the bar that was previously in a separate room next to the dining area will be torn down to create a new, open bar with a modern layout that lets diners move freely from cocktail hour to dinner.
“Many of our residents now start the evening with a pre-dinner cocktail then flow into the dining room at their reservation time -- we hope this new bar will create a better flow with a great vibe all night long,” Sandblom said.
Sandblom also looks forward to creating a comprehensive beverage program for SeaView and Azure that elevates the overall dining experience. “Using fresh juices in cocktails and adding tropical flair to these new drinks will play up the vibrant flavors of our new menus,” he said.
Timeline for construction
Construction on the redesign is set to begin this spring, with the project scheduled for completion by the early 2018, according to Mike Lesinski, Vi’s Vice President of Facilities Management and Construction.
“There are material boards and interior renderings on display to get residents and staff excited about the upcoming changes,” he said, “and we’re planning to create a ‘voilà’ moment as each renovated space is returned to the residents for their use.”