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VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA (November 21, 2017) - A Virginia Beach icon since 1927, The Cavalier Hotel ( is about to reopen following a massive $75-million restoration, which will include three exciting world-class dining destinations. Today, The Cavalier announces the appointment of renowned chef Dan Elinan as the hotel’s Executive Chef.

Elinan will be responsible for the culinary direction of all food and beverage outlets for the hotel including restaurants Becca, The Hunt Room and The Raleigh Room. With an extensive fine-dining background in food-centric cities around the world, Chef Elinan will oversee all three restaurants from creating the menus to hiring and supervising kitchen staff. Chef will also oversee all banquets and catering for The Cavalier, upholding the hotel’s legacy of incomparable weddings and events.

“Chef Elinan’s exceptional culinary expertise, creativity and leadership skills will be a great asset to The Cavalier,” said Cherie Davis, Managing Director of The Cavalier Hotel. “Under Chef’s direction each of the three restaurants will provide a unique and exciting dining experience for Virginia Beach locals and visitors. We are thrilled to have him guide The Cavalier’s culinary team and look forward to an exciting future.”

Chef Elinan was most recently Executive Chef at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, which included overseeing popular restaurants Catch 31 and Salacia. Previous to that he was Executive Chef at the Omni Shoreham, Washington D.C. overseeing four contemporary American cuisine outlets. Prior stints included executive chef positions at the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa and Grand Hyatt San Francisco. Elinan was also Executive Chef at Primetime Restaurants in Budapest Hungary, Executive Chef at Carlo IV & New York Palace, Boscolo Hotels in Prague and Budapest plus Chef de Cuisine for Shangri-La Hotels in Honk Kong and Shanghai. Throughout his esteemed career Chef Elinan has worked under Three Michelin Star-rated chefs and has been a guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. He attended the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York.

“My role as the executive chef will allow me and my brigade the opportunity to represent our Virginia Beach community with the culinary excellence that The Cavalier has been providing for almost a century, while working with our local bounty as intimately as possible,” says Elinan. “I’m honored to be a part of its future and have a great respect for its past.”

In addition to three exciting restaurants, The Cavalier will house Tarnished Truth Distillery, delighting guests with a tasting room, distillery tours, and the opportunity to create and distill their own barrels, as well as purchase The Cavalier’s signature bourbon, gin and vodka made on-site.

Developed by Gold Key | PHR, the newly reimagined Cavalier Hotel will become the latest luxury class member of Marriott’s distinguished Autograph Collection bringing unparalleled accommodations and dining to the mid-Atlantic.

The Cavalier Hotel is slated to reopen in February 2018. The Cavalier Hotel is located at 4200 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23451. Reservations and event inquiries can be made at or call 757-425-8555.

About Gold Key | PHR

Gold Key | PHR was founded in 1986 by current CEO Bruce L. Thompson in Virginia Beach, Virginia as a modest hospitality management company. Today with $500 Million in asset value and $170 Million in annual revenue. Gold Key | PHR boasts over 1,300 keys under the Ramada, Hilton and Marriott flags, multiple award-winning restaurants and is the state’s largest hospitality employer.  Adding to Gold Key | PHR’s list of noteworthy hospitality brands is the newly opened hotel, conference center, and dining destination, Hilton Norfolk THE MAIN, as well as highly anticipated project, The Cavalier Hotel, Virginia’s first Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel slated for completion in 2017.  Gold Key | PHR is also active in the development of commercial and luxury residential projects in the mid-Atlantic region. 

Contact: Kris Ferraro

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