By DALE MADISON
Ken Hill resembles nothing so much as a proud father as he surveys the progress that contractors have made on his soon-to-open Infinity Lounge (2184 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, in the Gables Wilton Park condominium), which he plans to unveil soon. Considering that he just signed the lease in June is a tribute to that progress. “The City of Wilton Manors has been superlative,” Hill says. “They have worked with us so graciously. I know I have heard stories about how difficult they can be, but they have just been amazing for me to work with.” His praise extends to the contractor he chose. “Believe me, you have to be very selective—but they have just been here when they say they are going to be, and have been phenomenal,” he adds.
Hill has applied that selectiveness to every facet of the build-out, not least in the décor and environment he plans to invoke. “I picked the deep blue color for the walls, as I feel it’s very relaxing—to almost a ‘Zen’ type of feeling,” he says. “The Tiffany turquoise blue adds another great accent color.” He describes the painstaking detail, including an upholstered banquette and chandeliers. “I think we’re going to have one great upscale place,” Hill predicts, paternal pride in evidence.
Of the service and libations, Hill calls to mind “Martinis and old fashioned drinks. It’s going to not be your regular bar.” He describes the upscale, casual-formal vision for Infinity Lounge: “I wanted something that people would want to dress up for to go out—somewhere that you would want to put on a pressed shirt and nice slacks, or—if you’re a lady—a dress or skirt,” he chuckles at the Gayborhood irony. “Sorry I just had to say that.” Hill also plans outside, alfresco seating.
“There are enough eateries along the Drive that do a great job—I want to provide great drinks, and great music, and an environment that other locations don’t offer,” he explains. “I am trying to target a different segment of the market,” Hill adds. “I want my own niche, and I want to add to the Drive. To me, that’s what makes our community as great as it is, let’s ‘add to,’ and not take away from.”
Hill plans to open Infinity Lounge within the next few weeks. “I am hoping within two weeks, but as we all know, it depends on the final Certificate of Occupancy.”