See: The Tonight Show.
Also: former president, now noted cat artist, George W. Bush.
And now... Il Sole, a lush new Mediterranean den in the Versace mansion, replacing the Dining Room at the Villa by Barton G.
Below, a brief breakdown of then and now.
Then: Pebble mosaics imported from Spain on the wall. Tables and chairs draped and upholstered in a silky royal blue. Also: an outdoor terrace overlooking a pool. The one lined in 24-karat gold. Because... Versace.
Now: Like a Marrakech market—in the middle of Ocean Drive. With lanterns and jewel-toned purple and yellow fabrics. But hey, the pebble mosaics and swimming pool are still there. Skinny-cannonball at your own risk.
Then: French-ish fare. Duck confit crepes. That sort of thing.
Now: Barton G. chef Scott Linquist is doing Mediterranean with fish flown in daily from Hawaii. Like the pistachio seared ahi on your Versace-designed china.
Then: Wine. And more wine.
Now: All of the above... and cocktails. Like the Scarlet Smash. It’s got rum, Meyer lemon, ginger, mint, vanilla and burlesque bitters.
It’s got a bit of kick.