Eight4Nine Restaurant In Palm Springs, A Delightful, Delicious Guilty Pleasure In The Desert, Which Highlight Hollywood Gives FIVE STARS!


The hippest, coolest, classiest and tastiest restaurant in Palm Springs is now open for business.  But, warning!  You’d better make reservations, as it’s now the busiest eatery in the desert as well.   The new place is called Eight4Nine, which is co-owned by John (Paschal) and Willie (Rhine), who jointly made their dream of opening up a successful restaurant a reality.  This place is filled daily, and you must have reservations.  Hollywood icons also truly love this place.  Carol Channing, JoAnne Worley, beautiful soap star Bobbie Eakes, Kaye Ballard and many others have become regular patrons, and for good reason.  The menu is striking, not only in its elegant and classy appearance, but also with the tastiest food in Southern California.

The restaurant’s chef is also becoming one of the most popular men in town thanks to dishes and meals that are made fresh and with impeccable culinary skills. And the executive chef is the legendary Chuck Courtney.  Such splendid talent to boo!  The location is easy to find as well.  The elegant eatery Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge is at 849 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Their telephone number is:  (760) 325-8490. Again, I cannot stress enough that you must make reservations in advance.

(From left) Executive Chef Chuck Courtney, and co-owners Willie Rhine and John Paschal. All PHOTOS COURTESY OF EIGHT4NINE

John’s gifted eye certainly had to have had something to do with the fresh, elegant and yet very inviting atmosphere.  It’s sunny, it’s warm and not just because it’s in Palm Springs, it’s warm from the gracious staff as well as the décor.
Recently featured in the venerable publication Palm Springs Life, Rhine, who is a former general manager at Lulu California Bistro and Acqua Pazza, and famed photographer John Paschal admitted that they wanted to do something differently.  They have achieved that goal.  Eight4Nine is unique and one-of-a-kind.  There’s not only no other place like it in Palm Springs, but I’d say it stands alone and highly recommended from anywhere in the State of California. I expect people to begin hearing about this swanky restaurant from the Bay area and even across the country.  The location is unique and it adds such character to a beautiful locale that is already revered by tourists and residents.
Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge Ribbon Cutting

Bobbie Eakes With John Paschal And Regular Patron Ms. Carol Channing

When Palm Springs Life asked John and Willie about finding the place through a realtor, they admitted, “We went from thinking about a 50 seat space to 300,” say both men.  With John adding his wit but sincere honesty, “We maxed out our credit cards more than once; this is all us and our empty wallets!”   Indeed it is paying off. It is truly splendid and gaining more raves from patrons every single day.  It’s really become the hot spot in the desert.


This elegant large farmhouse table to the left formed the concept design for Eight4Nine.

John Paschal is not only one of the most respected photographers in the world, but he is one of the truly sought after as well.  His insight is truly spectacular and everyone knows they are in good hands with him.  So, what did he think when he first saw the place?  A large farmhouse table in the front dining area was the impetus of some of the design concept. Rhine had purchased the table at a garage sale, “I didn’t know what I was going to do with it,” he told PSL. Painted bright white and resin coated, the table became a focal point.
The interior of Eight4Nine is best described as a contrast of color, using a black-and-white theme, it is softened with pops of bright pinks and turquoise in chair backs and wall insets. Tables and seating are an eclectic mix of styles, from outdoor wrought iron to traditional dining, that give the restaurant its casual profile. The large lounge features a back-lit bar and plenty of seating for a quick lunch or to linger an evening cocktail. There is also a misted patio weekend brunches or balmy autumn dining with views of San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Canyon.
 Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge food Shoot
Rhine’s husband, Albert Gonzalez is Eight4Nine’s pastry chef and has created a line of sweets to die for, says Paschal. Desserts are all made in-house, including the Coachella lime pie and apricot, salted caramel and bacon bread pudding to the chocolate s’mores with house-made marshmallow.
 Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge Photo Shoot
Okay, are you ready to devour yet?  You can learn more about this spectacular restaurant at: Eight4Nine.com.  You will never enjoy such a great meal and wonderful staff anywhere else on the planet.
Highlight Hollywood gives Eight4Nine FIVE STARS, not only for great food and delicious desserts, but the special feeling this team gives their appreciated patrons.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Eight4Nine
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