Porto Journal Summer edition

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Meet the team at the new Lido

The newly re-launched Lido encompasses a members only pool club Lido Mar, daytime restaurant Lido Pranzo, fine dining restaurant Lido Rooftop, as well as Scaramanga nightclub. Here we go behind the scenes with the Creative Director Garrett Moore and General Manager David Saint-André.

An interview with Garrett Moore

Garret Moore, founder of Immersive Cult London, is the man responsible for all the magic that happens at Lido and Scaramanga, from creative interiors to music selection and performers. Originally from London, Garrett started his career at the Spoleto festival in Umbria, Italy as an opera assistant director. Following this he became a volunteer for Barrack Obama’s presidential campaign in Denver, where he slowly moved his way up the office to become Assistant to the Head of the VIP relations. Upon his return to London, he got involved with Secret Cinema and event management in the film industry.

PM: Garrett, can you tell us more about the new Lido and what it represents for you personally?

Garrett Moore (GM): We wanted to give Lido a complete refresh and make it more artistic but also portray the beautiful location through a strong visual language. That is why we decided to use Demetrios Psillos, an artist and illustrator from Greece. He and I took a boat trip to Perast where we were stunned by the dramatic scenery; the new Lido logo was inspired by a statue we found there.

PM: Who would be your dream booking to play at Scaramanga?

GM: We want people to be able to have a good time, to let loose and dance. My dream booking would be James Brown if it was possible to reincarnate him. The aim is to offer a blend of James Brown meets Lady Gaga meets Michael Jackson every Thursday to Saturday nights in summer! The music policy combines top DJs from across Europe, playing a mix of dance floor fillers both old and new… hopefully people have a wild time!

PM: What is your creative vision for Scaramanga?

GM: The nightclubs I enjoy being at the most are the ones that create theatre and excitement. The whole concept that Tino Zervudachi of MHZ in Paris and I came up with was to give this space a feeling of intimacy and privacy. We wanted to create an event space inspired by Studio 54, making it more theatrical via the introduction of a decadent circus tent-style roof and an oversized disco ball.

An interview with David Saint-André

Born and raised in France, David worked in a Michelin star restaurant in Vonnes before moving to the UK to make a fresh start, not knowing that 22 years later he will still be in England’s capital. After gaining extensive experience working in London’s top restaurants and bars, David embarked on a private members club project created for travelers from around the world and dedicated to the customer - the very essence of a members club.

PM: You’ve worked in London’s hospitality industry for over two decades now, what persuaded you to move to Montenegro?

David Saint-André (DSA): London is a small world really, especially in my industry. A man named Alfredo Crivelleri, who was the General Manager at Anabelle’s nightclub for over 30 years, rang me a while ago to tell me about an exciting new opportunity in Montenegro… and that I had 24 hours whether to accept his offer or not! I trust Alfredo so two days later we were both on a plane heading for Tivat. My interest in people has always been my main career focus. The hospitality we received upon arrival in Porto Montenegro left me with a very positive impression and of course I loved the look of the place too.

PM: This year Lido Mar has introduced a ‘members only’ policy. You’ve managed Morton’s private member club in London so what are your thoughts on this approach?

DSA: The idea of a members-only club originates from the UK, when members of the 18th Century aristocracy congregated to talk
politics, current affairs and sports. Later on the concept evolved to allow both women and men to enjoy a club’s facilities but membership has mostly retained its sense of prestige I believe. Today there are more members clubs than ever before in London, each with its own distinct identity – some are more creative while others have strong military connections for example. Nonetheless, the one thing they all have in common is their focus on guest recognition.

PM: And what about Lido for a first time visitor — who should they talk to, what should they do and what should they drink?

DSA: You will no doubt be stunned by the 64m infinity pool designed by Richard Hywel Evans, an idyllic environment to relax and enjoy a glass of Long Beach Ice Tea for example. As a destination restaurant, Lido Rooftop will inspire you with its panoramic views over the bay, table-side preparation of steak tartare and crêpes Suzette and, how could we forget, the extensive wine list handpicked by our Head Sommelier Denys. Now that we are in peak season, no Lido experience would be complete without a visit to our new nightclub Scaramanga, where international Dj's and performers entertain our guests every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

PM: Could you describe the food concept at Lido Pranzo and Lido Rooftop?

DSA: Our concept is based on trendy Mediterranean specialties, as well as a handful of Italian dishes. In Pranzo restaurant, we have
a choice of refreshing salads, burgers and an epic Lobster Club Sandwich. At Lido Rooftop meanwhile we go one step further with a more refined offer, focusing on classics such as truffle risotto and Veal Milanese. Finally, we also run a daily list of specials that gives our Chef Dragoljub Paunovic to show off his skills based on the daily catch or market produce.