So, it looks like construction is underway at Square 1682, the restaurant and bar that ordinarily occupies the street level space and adjacent mezzanine at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar. But that doesn’t mean both are going dark. Instead barkeep Chauncey Scates, who we last caught up with at now defunct Tapestry, has set up what’s being referred to as Satellite Bar in what used to be Square’s second floor private dining room. And she isn’t wasting any time rolling out some of the latest creations that will appear on her new cocktail list once the work downstairs is complete. The kitchen’s still cooking, too. Guests are also being seated and served on the second floor.
As far as the renovations are concerned, plans call for pushing the bar back up against the wall, and opening the room up for more tables and chairs. The staircase that connects the bar with the mezzanine is being pulled out all together. Work should be complete within three weeks.
In the meantime, the private dining room has been equipped with a temporary bar, and appointed with lounge seating. Scates is rolling out three cocktails from her forthcoming list each week while running Satellite Bar. This week’s introductions are below.
High West Rye, honey-ginger Syrup, Green Dragon Tea, lemon, Fee’s Whiskey Barrel Bitters
Pink on Pink
Stoli Vodka, Lillet Rose, house-made pomegranate mollasses, lemon, lime
Tanqueray Gin, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, lemon, coconut sugar, Moroccan Bitters.