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Princeton, New Jersey’s Mistral opened in 2013 with a splash. The shared plates menu made a big impression on New Jerseyans seeking something globally inspired yet close to home. Now, Mistral has added to its growing empire (which also includes the award-winning elements in the Princeton location) and opened a spin-off in the King of Prussia Mall in February 2017. 

“While we were originally questionable about opening at a mall, we saw a lot of potential for the restaurant in the area. There are some great local purveyors and farms in the area to gather ingredients from and develop new flavors with. In addition to heavy foot traffic at King of Prussia, we were intrigued by the corner location and strong outdoor seating area,” says Stephen Distler, co-owner. 

The 3,700-square-foot restaurant offers seating for 111 guests, including an 18-seat bar, and as weather permits, outdoor seating for 48. Groups can either buy out the entire restaurant or enjoy a semiprivate area. Like its Princeton cousin, Mistral is decidedly modern. “Unlike many of the chain restaurants surrounding Mistral KOP, Mistral KOP offers diners an independent, chef-driven menu concept that can be seen throughout the taste, style and atmosphere of the restaurant. Food activists and culinary pioneers Executive Chef Scott Anderson and Chef de Cuisine Craig Polignano place a superlative emphasis on sourcing local ingredients from Montgomery County to impress diners with the freshest flavors available in Montco,” adds Distler. 

In England tea time is a right of passage, but here in the U.S., enjoying tea with friends or family is often reserved for special occasions.

Luckily, Pennsylvania is flush with tea rooms serving up everything from simple cream teas to delectable sandwiches, pastries and savory treats.

These tea rooms invite guests to step away from the rush of everyday life and enjoy a few hours sipping tea and enjoying the company of colleagues.

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Brian Lang was recently appointed area director of sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt Denver and Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

 

Oink and Moo, a food truck that has operated in New Jersey since 2012, is making big news! The truck is known throughout NJ towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park, but after expanding to Philadelphia, it won a Vendy award for Rookie of the Year. Now, The Daily Meal has rated Oink and Moo the No. 2 best food truck in the United States. The food is straight up BBQ—beef brisket or pulled pork sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.