It's a transitional time for “Papa” Doug Manchester. The publisher of the Union-Tribune is reportedly selling the majority stake in the Grand Del Mar, his luxury resort in Carmel Valley, to the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts group whose global holdings include the legendary Fairmont in San Francisco, the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Swissôtel chain. The U-T says that the hotel will now be known as the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
All this comes on the heels of the recent shutter of Bijou, Manchester's restaurant in La Jolla. As for Addison at the Grand Del Mar, the property's signature fine dining restaurant run by executive chef and James Beard Awards nominee William Bradley, a rep says that there are no planned changes for any of the hotel's restaurants and that all staff and concepts should remain the same.