Dune by Laurent Tourondel will open in Fort Lauderdale in the fall of 2021
Last month, Chef Laurent Tourondel announced he would soon be partnering with one of Fort Lauderdale’s most iconic oceanfront restaurants.
Tourondel plans to convert the property’s existing Dune restaurant into Dune by Laurent Tourondel. Touted as a unique, upscale dining experience, the restaurant promises that the chef’s signature international influences will be at the center of the renovation.
“We have had our eye on Fort Lauderdale for a while and are delighted to have acquired not only one of the most coveted beachfront restaurants in South Florida but the country,” said Yoram Shemesh, the Tourondel, and Steven. Carro from New York’s WeChef Hospitality hired them to redesign the restaurant.
Dune, which opened in late 2018, is the Auberge Resort Group’s first east coast company. Known for its breathtaking panoramic sea views just steps from the beach, the restaurant is undergoing major renovations on both its 11,000 square meters of indoor space and 5,000 square meters of outdoor space. The deal was officially closed in early June 2021 and is expected to reopen in the fall.
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When it opens, Dune by Laurent Tourondel will debut as one of Broward County’s only celebrity chef-operated oceanfront restaurants, adding to the Tourondel portfolio and adding to its South Florida-based LT Steak & Seafood and The Alley (both at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach) and Scusi Trattoria in Palm Beach Gardens.
Though Tourondel Dunes hasn’t completed its makeover just yet, the chef tells The New Times that there will be an indoor sushi bar with nigiri and several signature rolls.
“The menu is influenced by South America and the Caribbean,” adds Tourondel. “The menu is not yet complete, but it will be a completely different new concept exclusively for Dune by Laurent Tourondel.”
Two signature dishes are currently in the works. One is a palm heart salad with avocado and a lime and jalapeño dressing, the other a typical seafood ceviche with coconut milk leche de tigre.
The restaurant describes itself as a special event venue that can host multiple social and business gatherings, including beach weddings and other special occasions, with a capacity of up to 500 people.
“The space is fantastic,” says Tourondel, noting that the current glass wall facing the ocean is being moved closer to the beach to improve the view from the dining room. “I hope a lot of people will come for a casual dinner to appreciate all that it has to offer.”
Laurent Tourondel dune. 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Opening autumn 2021; dunefl.com.