Odds are you’ve passed the Flagship Resort countless times while driving on North Maine Avenue in Atlantic City, innocently unaware of the mouth-watering happenings on the seventh floor. While the Blue Water Grille is not a new restaurant, the changes that have recently been occurring there are undoubtedly cutting-edge and deliciously on-trend.
“I was hired at FantaSea Resorts to execute the developer, Mr. Bruce Kaye's vision of elevating the standard of the Blue Water Grille into a property and product second to none,” said Yianni Papaspanos, Director, Food and Beverage, Blue Water Grille. “We offer nothing less than the best food, the best drinks, and the best dining experience.”
Papaspanos and Executive Chef A. Juliano Cannuscio are currently building a talented team to help execute the vision of creating a restaurant that is second to none. The pair is expertly blending experience, knowledge, creativity, and passion to create the new restaurant.
“We are revamping the restaurant and taking it to the next level,” revealed Papaspanos. “We’ve changed the menu, upgraded the quality of ingredients, and stepped up the service to elevate the restaurant to the next level.”
And these two talented men behind all the excitement possess the expertise to make it all happen seamlessly. Born in Greece — in an idyllic Greek home by a beautiful lake hidden between vineyards — Papaspanos began traveling to the United States at an early age, and would spend his summers working at his uncle's restaurant in Wildwood. His first restaurant job was at the age of 12 and, though he revealed his uncle was tough on him, that toughness essentially helped mold him for the better. A veteran of
the hospitality industry for 22 years, Yianni is proud to have worked with Chef Gus Papaspanos at Adam's Restaurant in Wildwood, Chef Lisa Savage at Sage restaurant in Ventnor, Chef Fabian Ludwig and Mercedes Rojas in Revel, and Chef Alain Allegretti and Paolo Dorigato of Azure at the former Revel.
With dinner entrees like Grilled Branzino and Surf and Turf, Chef A. Juliano Cannuscio expertly prepares American Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences for Blue Water Grille guests. Cannuscio is a third generation family member in the restaurant business; his extended family own and operate JoJo's restaurants, with the Galloway Township location belonging to his parents.
“My parents provided me with a solid foundation in good Italian food,” revealed Cannuscio, and his culinary talents got him hired as a line supervisor at Seaview Marriott in Galloway Township and later as a sous chef at Forneletto at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. He opened Lugo Cucina e Vino at the former Revel, and is a graduate of Atlantic Cape Community’s College of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing.
The Blue Water Grille’s interior boasts dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a dazzling view of the Northeast Inlet, Brigantine Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean. The perfect backdrop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the Blue Water Grille is steadfastly emerging into one of the region’s best places to dine. Their daily Happy Hour, featuring Adrienne’s cocktails, runs from 5 -7 PM at the bar, and includes 50% off appetizers, $4 house drinks and house wine, $2 drafts, and $3 bottle beer.
And, the changes are not stopping with the restaurant. The 32-story resort is investing resources into significant property enhancements that are expected to be completed in Spring 2016. Make a reservation and become part of the enchanting and delectable rebirth happening at the beginning of the famed Atlantic City boardwalk; inside the Blue Water Grille.