NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2011) - Today, Solly Assa, CEO of Assa Properties, and owner of Cassa Hotel and Residences, located at 70 West 45th Street in New York City, and their subsidiary, Waterscape Resorts, is pleased to announce that celebrated Chef Laurent Tourondel, will take the restaurant space at Cassa Hotel and Residences, to create a new flagship restaurant in the form of an American Brasserie. In the coming weeks, Tourondel will reveal the identity of his new dining concept. "Looking for a home in Manhattan, Cassa Hotel offered the perfect location and dynamic space for my next gastronomic venture. I look forward to announcing the concept shortly," says Tourondel.

The restaurant at Cassa will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and offers distinct dining areas. Beverage service will also be provided in the hotel's unique vertical garden on the ground level. In addition, Chef Tourondel and his team will provide room service to the 165 guest rooms and 57 residences. The hotel also features a private dining and meeting room for 36 on the 10th floor. "We are excited that Chef Tourondel has chosen Cassa to be the home of his new concept in New York City. His presence will add incredible excitement for our hotel guests, neighbors and residents," says Solly Assa, CEO of Assa Properties.

Honored by Bon Appetit as Restaurateur of the Year in 2007 and by Food & Wine as a Best New Chef in 1997, Tourondel has also received an array of "Best of..." awards from publications that include Esquire, Travel And Leisure, Saveur and Wine Spectator. Chef Tourondel brings an illustrious career including the three-star Michelin Relais & Chateaux Troisgros in France and the former Cello in New York City, for which he received three stars from the New York Times. With three books to his credit, including, Fresh From the Market, Go Fish and New American Bistro Cooking, Tourondel has experience in producing a wide range of cooking and styles.

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About Cassa Hotel and Residences

Cassa Hotel and Residences makes an identifiable mark in the New York City skyline with its elegant proportions, rising as an obelisk among its traditional neighbors. Envisioned by Solly Assa of Assa Properties, the project was conceived by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos and CetraRuddy. Sited within a prime location, flanking the theatre district, world class shopping experiences of Fifth and Madison Avenues, and the excitement of Times Square, the 165 rooms and 57 residences are urban sanctuaries, contemporary in design and rich in texture, yet warm and inviting. Cassa Hotel and Residences delivers its discernible style and unrivaled service to the inspirational amenities. Cassa Hotel and Residences, 70 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036 Tel: 212-302-8700 / 888-53-CASSA (22772)