It’s been a busy time over here in the Kimpton nation, what with a bunch of new hotels springing up around the country. And it’s been just as busy with our restaurants, as old favorites get a refresh and new soon-to-be-favorites open their doors. So here’s a quick recap on what’s been happening with the latest round of openings and renovations of Kimpton restaurants.
Outpost Executive Chef Derek Simcik, formerly of Atwood in Chicago, has brought some international, big-city flair to this coastal town located just a longboard’s distance from Santa Barbara, CA. Part of The Goodland, our new boutique surf lodge, Outpost serves an exotic lineup of small plates (bao buns, street tacos) and fresh seafood (including raw treats like oysters and ceviche), paired with local wine and beer. Or get your fiesta on with a vast selection of Tequila and mezcal.
Dupont Circle hot spot Urbana has gotten even hotter, thanks to a $600,000 makeover. Now with a modern look and twice the bar space (hello, happy hour), Urbana is upping the antipasti with a deeper focus on Italian fare, including housemade pastas featuring veggies and herbs straight from the restaurant’s rooftop garden. The cocktail program has gone Italian as well, with a spotlight on grappa and amari, and Negronis on tap. Now that’s amore.
Bambara Kitchen & Bar
When you’ve got neighbors like MIT and the Kendall Square tech hub, you can’t get stuck in the past. So Bambara Kitchen & Bar has launched its next-gen iteration, featuring bold, contemporary design, an expanded lounge, and a new modern-bistro menu. Chef Jay Silva is a native New Englander and his dishes celebrate local bounty. His upscale-casual menu, offering items like grilled flatbreads, spicy squash bisque, and pan-roasted scallops, is almost entirely new. But don’t worry, you’ll still find the warm lobster sliders.
Miami’s legendary social scene just got a little bit more social with the opening of LILT Lounge. Live entertainment nightly; classic and innovative cocktails with housemade tonics, tinctures and shrubs; a shared-plates menu created by an acclaimed chef; a super-cool location in the EPIC Hotel. It doesn’t get much better than that. And for those of you with a fondness for bubbles, LILT has a rolling Champagne cart that brings the party right to you, with a well-curated list of sparkling goodness, including a selection of Champagne cocktails.
Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar
Southern hospitality meets rustic Italian cooking (and my, they get along nicely) at this bright and lively restaurant. It’s set adjacent to The Brice, one of our brand-spanking-new hotels (in a historic building that opened in 1902 as a Coca-Cola bottling plant). And while the emphasis at Pacci is on coastal Italian fare, with ingredients sourced from local purveyors, Chef Roberto Leoci also gives a nod to the building’s former occupant with his Coca-Cola–glazed short ribs with forest mushroom risotto. Sweet.
They all look so beautiful! The Coca-Cola glazed short ribs got me curious and my mouth watery at the same time! Time to pack my bags and check out Savannah, GA.
We’re told that the historic district where the hotel is located is actually the biggest in the country. And there are some cool music fests, too … so yes, Jennifer, go check it out!
My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Saltrock while guests at Amara in September. I am still smiling thinking about our wonderful service and enchanting meal!
So wonderful to hear! Thanks, Angie.