The World’s First Caption by Hyatt Hotel and Neighboring Hyatt Centric Hotel in Downtown Memphis Appoint Area Executive Chef

Adam Arencibia, executive chef of the Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis has been appointed to area executive chef, expanding his role to also include the new Caption by Hyatt Beale Street Memphis. Arencibia will oversee all culinary programming at this inaugural Caption by Hyatt hotel, debuting the new select-service lifestyle brand’s signature Talk Shop experience with an all-day lounge eatery and cocktail bar, grab-and-go offerings, and outdoor beer garden. Building upon his recent experience with the Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis, along with his knowledge of the region, chef Arencibia will oversee all facets of the day-to-day operations, overarching food and beverage programs, as well as banquets and catering for both hotels.


Chef Arencibia brings over 15 years of culinary knowledge and experience to his new position of area executive chef. Arencibia took on the role of executive chef at Hyatt Centric Beale Street at the start of 2022 and hit the ground running. Throughout 2022 he not only oversaw the day-to-day operations of the hotel’s CIMAS restaurant and all banquet and catering initiates but also helmed the hotel’s innovative “Bites, Curtain, Action!” theatre-inspired menu with special menu items and cocktails created to reflect the theater show in town that week. Prior to joining the Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis team, Arencibia worked as the executive chef partner of Memphis’ The Capital Grille, where he successfully oversaw and executed the restaurants participation in Memphis Food and Wine 2021. Before residing in the ‘Home of the Blues,’ Arencibia hailed from Sin City, Las Vegas, where he worked at some of the city’s most notable hotels and resorts. During his time in Nevada, he grew his portfolio with positions including chef de cuisine at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, banquet sous chef at Aria Resort & Casino, executive chef hearthstone at Clique Hospitality and executive chef park MGM banquets at MGM Resorts International.


“It’s impossible to think of Memphis without thinking of its renowned food culture. I’m honored to be given the opportunity to expand my role and helm the culinary programs at both of these history making hotels,” says Arencibia. “Celebrating local restaurateurs and business is a core theme for Caption by Hyatt, which will be reflected in the menus. We’re very proud to support and collaborate with businesses like Mempops, Raw Girls, Wrapzody and Muddys, and look forward to having travelers and locals hangout in Talk Shop to taste their way through the Home of Blues.”


While Arencibia received his formal culinary training from The Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY, he was enamored by the culinary world at an early age. He credits both his mother and the Easy Bake oven he talked his father into buying him at age four for being the reason he is passionate about food, culinary art, and cooking. Throughout his career, Arencibia worked alongside fine dining greats, including three-star Michelin chef Joel Robuchon, and had the opportunity to cook in the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America event.


“Adam shows a lot of technique and gentle care in every meal he puts out,” explains Sarah Titus, area general manager. “With Talk Shop at Ellis and the beer garden as the heart of Caption by Hyatt, he’s got what it takes to make this a showstopper.”


Caption by Hyatt Beale Street and its respective dining outlets are set to debut late June 2022.


About Caption by Hyatt Beale Street Memphis

Located in the heart of the Home of the Blues, Caption by Hyatt Beale Street Memphis will be the newest hotel in the Beale Street Entertainment District, serving as a local hub for travelers to experience one of America’s most famous streets the way Memphians do. Designed to be truly of the community—not just in it—the property will seamlessly integrate into the South Main Arts District with a neighborhood entry, unpretentious comforts and thoughtful use of design and upcycled materials. Centered around Talk Shop, a space to eat, drink, hang, work or chill and focused on highlighting Memphian small businesses, Caption by Hyatt Beale Street Memphis will blend work with play and casual with intentional. The hotel is integrated into the historic main building of Wm. C Ellis & Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop, one of the earliest and longest-running businesses in the city and will be enhanced with a new 136-guestroom tower offering spectacular views of the Mississippi River and Memphis skyline.


About Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis

Located in the heart of the Home of the Blues, Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis is the only hotel with a Beale Street address, serving as a launchpad for savvy travelers seeking to explore the culture and nightlife that fills one of America’s most famous streets. Opened April 2021, the 227-room, full-service hotel boasts unparalleled views of the city and Mississippi River with upscale features including an expansive pool deck, private cabanas, and a modern lobby lounge serving well-crafted cocktails. The hotel is also home to Beck & Call, the city’s premier riverfront rooftop bar. Rounding out the hotel’s offerings, the property is home to CIMAS, a Latin-American inspired eatery with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the “M Bridge” and decor touches influenced by the area’s love for music. Promising shareworthy experiences, the hotel includes approximately 9,000 sq. ft. of unique meeting space created through the conversion of the historic William C. Ellis and Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop, originally constructed in 1879. Follow Hyatt Centric Beale Street on Instagram and Facebook at @HyattCentricBealeStreet.



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