Barton G is a Miami design, events and restaurant company that owns, among other things, the Villa, which used to be Gianni Versace’s home but now is an over-the-top luxury hotel. It also operates a restaurant in Miami, upon which the new L.A. version, which recently opened in Beverly Hills is based. The Miami location has thrived for a decade.
In some respects, it’s easy to see why. A night on the town in Miami Beach might call for a cocktail made with liquid nitrogen so its sides overflow with icy clouds of smoke, garnished not with fruit but a chocolate monkey that dangles from the glass by one chocolate paw.