So let’s take a minute to talk about Stephen Starr’s hotel project. Not the (excuse us while we vomit in honor of Dylan Thomas’ ghost) Chelsea Hotel he’s working on in AC, but the new boutique hotel that’s opening at 706 Chestnut:
Then there’s 706 Chestnut. While he’s not prepared to discuss the name of his redux of the address that’s housed both L’Ange Bleu and Angelina, Starr reveals it will be designed by New York’s Taavo Somer, who did the tony brunch-and-munch Freeman’s Alley on the Lower East Side. “Very, very intimate, not overly designed and organically cool,” says Starr of the new design scheme. The food? American gastropub, with an emphasis on classic cocktails — handmade with shaved ice and such, elements that were a part of Starr’s Old City Continental before the dawn of the specialty drink.