Today, celebrity chef and James Beard honoree Traci Des Jardins opens her first restaurant outside of San Francisco. Pictured above, it goes by the name of Manzanita and is part of the new $300 million Ritz-Carlton Higlands in Lake Tahoe. Designed by Atlanta-based Johnson Studio with 94 seats in the dining room and another 70 at the bar/lounge, the restaurant is being billed as offering "a combination of Des Jardins’ signature French inspired California cuisine, with a regional mountain resort influence."
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