Coming round here: Square 1682


The Kimpton Hotels team is dribbling out more details about Square 1682, the two-story restaurant that will occupy its new Hotel Palomar at 17th and Sansom Streets, across from the Sofitel.

They're saying mid-October for opening.

A few bullet points:

  • The concept from chef Guillermo Tellez -- a Charlie Trotter alumnus and native of Ciudad Hidalgo in central Mexico -- is “new American with world flavors,” with a commitment to sustainability in the kitchen. The bar menu features dishes designed for sharing, while a combination of small and large plates on the dinner menu welcomes sampling. Tellez is working with 40 Pennsylvania growers, including Seven Stars Farm in Phoenixville, Hoover’s Farm Market in Lititz, Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, and Deer Creek Farm in Reading, and he'll get organic microgreens from the Chef’s Garden in Ohio. Tellez also was chef at Striped Bass, head of menu development for Stephen Starr, and more recently founded Northbrook MarketPlace in Chester County.
  • It won't be a behemoth. Seating is for 90 and, as a hotel restaurant, it will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
  • It's LEED-registered, the first such eco-conscious design in Kimpton’s portfolio. Cork ceilings.
  • Alcohol program will be headed by two out-of-towners: Jacques Bezuidenhout as mixologist and the wonderfully named Emily Wines as sommelier -- yes, another female sommelier. And she's a master sommelier at that.
  • No renderings yet available, but Dayna Lee of Powerstrip Studio in Hollywood is going Art Deco with bold hues such as Indian orange, purple, and grain mustard. For the bar, she's ordered a hanging block of staggered walnut, suspended by satin bronze chain links. There will be a ground-floor exhibition kitchen and a two-story, semitransparent glass wine display, watched over by a painting of a Rubenesque woman reclining. Sculptural wood-encased geometric stairs will lead to the main dining room, where light will stream through floor-to-ceiling windows, and a feature chalkboard wall showcases drawings by local artists. The bar will be made of block of staggered walnut sourced from a Forest Stewardship Council-certified forest.