Every story has a beginning, middle, and end, and as the 2014 season approaches the story of Cyprus International Cuisine continues.
Twelve years ago, Executive Chef and Owner Nicholas Figel used his unique perspective on life, which is overflowing with imagination and creativity, and merged it with world histories and recipes. As Cyprus begins their 13th summer season they will do so on center stage as construction has officially commenced at its new location on Main Street in Highlands.
Tommy Lasley, one of the original chefs to work alongside Figel returns to join him once again after departing Highlands to pursue his education at The Culinary Institute of America in New York.
“He’s truly a rising star in the world of cuisine,” said Figel.
When asked about the expectations of Cyprus and the collaborative effort of both, Figel replied, “I’m happy to announce that we will be combining our skill sets to produce an exceptional cuisine and an inspiring international experience and I believe our unique food will be a great vehicle to facilitate the ideas and concepts we are striving to achieve.”
As Cyprus takes its place on Main Street, the expectations couldn’t be higher. A ceiling to floor window and open-air patio will allow each and every patron walking the streets of Highlands to look up and see the adventure that awaits them. “I’m visualizing a city center experience that invokes the energy and passion of the traditions of cuisine that we are exploring,” said Figel when asked about the new location. “I’m intrigued about the “outside-in” point-of-view and the opportunity for passersby to take a glance past our copper sign and into our windows.”
Copper is a dominant component of the décor at Cyprus and it will continue to be so. It’s fitting that the element itself is essential to all living organisms as is the consumption of food. The characteristics of copper and that of the restaurant itself share numerous qualities and the continuity of this detail is prevalent to Cyprus as a whole as copper was principally mined on the Greek island Cyprus, hence the origin of the name Cyprium.
As every story has its three-act structure, Cyprus finds itself ascending through the second act with its audience dying with anticipation of how it will all end. Figel and Lasley both agree it will be the combination of Tommy’s subtlety and attention to detail interlaced with Nick’s energy and excitement that will allow this dream to become a world class restaurant.
Contributed by Clinton O’Brien