Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, the Kimpton-led re-do of the century-old Lafayette Building at Fifth and Chestnut streets, is getting ready to make its debut. A rep for the company today told Grub that an opening will come on or around October 4. And with said opening comes Red Owl Tavern and Stratus Rooftop Lounge, the drinking and eating component of the 11-story, 268-room hotel. Both spots will be headed by Guillermo Tellez, who’s admirably been holding his own at Square 1682 in Kimpton’s sister property Hotel Palomar on 17th Street near Sansom.
Red Owl Tavern rides the rustic route, with its walls covered in reclaimed barn siding, on-site butchering, a seasonally-driven menu and jars with pickled fruits and veggies as props. The space will also feature three-top tables — yes, it’s a thing — and a take-out window.
As the name implies, Stratus Rooftop Lounge sits atop the hotel, and present stunning panoramic views of the city. The PR blather says the space will have an “elegant but somewhat edgy” vibe with a large steel sculpture of two wings forming a bar, an 18-foot-tall Japanese Maple surrounded by benches, repurposed and recycled furniture, a black concrete bar that was poured in place. A fireplace and heat lamps will ensure that it’s open year ‘round.