There is no truly cool, modern and cosmopolitan city in the 21st centuryStreet The Century Without a hotel scene is associated with an equally charming and tastefully composed restaurant. That’s been the case ever since the wealthy, boozy, married-to-the-Thin Man detectives walked into the legendary Waldorf Astoria, sucked on several martinis and began their fine dining in style.
The Waldorf Astoria New York still maintains its peacock alley where the W Hotel in Manhattan has a heartbeat. The Conrad in downtown Los Angeles has two new fine-dining venues, San Laurel and Agua Viva. The Rosewood Hotel in Washington, D.C. has an elegant grill room. Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel features Z Bar Lounge, the lobby dining space among several restaurants.
The notion of sophistication is devoted not only to price points, but rather the delicious way in which the hotel’s restaurants match the decor, decorum, and decadent taste levels of its restaurant—to local customs that treat restaurants as an everyday dining space, as well as visiting tourists looking for something comforting, cool, and impressive.
Cordish Live! casinos and hotels in Hanover, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (they also, along with Loews Hotels & Co., created Live! by upscale Loews Hotels in St. Louis, Missouri and Arlington, Texas), understand what it means to offer high-minded lodging and gaming concepts to its partners in eat the food. While Maryland Live! He works with well-known local chefs such as Bobby Flay for restaurant spaces, a new Philadelphia Live! Casino & Hotel pairs a Tony East Coast classic – Prime Rib – and has turned an old world traditional but elegant version of Rib into its well-established restaurant.
Joe Bilheimer, executive vice president of Cordish Gaming Group, told Philadelphia Weekly that when his company began strategizing how to stream Live! In order for the Casino & Hotel brand to come to life in Philadelphia, it was important that the experiences—gaming, dining, entertainment, and hospitality—be exciting, sophisticated, and meaningful to the city’s residents as well as being a magnet for tourists. “A commitment to excellent service across all Cordish properties lies in our DNA… We fully understand the direct line between the city’s desirability and its prestige and its hospitality offerings,” Bilheimer said. “When travelers decide where to go, where to spend their hard-earned money and precious vacation time, we know that accommodations and entertainment — great food and nightlife — have a huge impact in the process.”
A new hotel like Live! It would have gone with a whole new restaurant concept. The Cordish crew happened to go another route with the goal of being “a good neighbor and contributing positively to the city’s well-deserved reputation as a premier destination for restaurants and hospitality.” Because the Cordish family has had a longstanding relationship with the Dolan family at Prime Rib—a four-decade-old downtown/Rittenhouse steakhouse dedicated to martinis and (filet)—making Rib Live! Experiencing flagship dining at its Philadelphia location was a no-brainer.
“We thought about how best to reimagine a downtown Philadelphia favorite for a new, more diverse audience,” Bilheimer said, paying homage to millennial diners, for example, on Thursday night at Prime Rib where pianist, chef Justin Nelson throws Mean porter and bartender Dan Kulisic keeps the martini dry. Add in the Wells Fargo Center / Lincoln Financial / Citizen Bank and Live! Casino gamblers, and you have a party.
“We worked closely with the restaurant’s second-generation owners Brenda and Rebecca Dolan to take some of the features that make The Prime Rib so unique and blend them with new design elements and experiences, such as a Library Bar and private dining area with floor-to-ceilings,” Bilheimer said. For the family to return to Philadelphia through this partnership, we are very proud to be bringing the shared vision to life. And remember, the Prime Rib space in Live! Significantly different from the previous Philadelphia site. The Dolans and we reimagined Old World charm through a refined and sophisticated viewpoint for today’s guests. High ceilings outfitted with luxurious chandeliers, luxurious seating, comfortable booths, and beautiful textured floors. While traditional Prime Rib and steakhouse dishes will always be a mainstay, we’ve also appealed to hotel and casino guests with our nightly menu features. These things offer something a little different every night for those who visit us daily or stay with us for a while. For example, we have a champagne and oyster special from Bubbles and Pearls on Wednesdays followed by the Lucky 8 menu and live music from Dan Kulisek on Thursday nights which is a huge hit with guests and keeps them constantly engaged. Whether you’re staying at the hotel for a few nights or live nearby in South Philadelphia, it’s good to have new and exciting reasons to visit.”
Hyatt’s chain of hotels across the United States has several brands under its major brands that it can compete with: Hyatt House and Hyatt Regency, for example. The latest in Hyatt’s hospitality chain, however, is the design-conscious Hyatt Centric boutique hotel, a favorite of artisans and the locally minded. With 40 Centrics in the U.S., alone, at the moment, Hyatt Centric Center City, in Philadelphia, is the 21st among boutique spaces to open in 2021, in a corner of the Rittenhouse once occupied by one of Central’s finest and coolest. City of Philly. Diners.
Elizabeth Fricke, Associate Director of Sales for Everything Hyatt reminds that the overall goals of their hotel brand—no matter which experience they choose—have always been to create a seamless, high-quality experience for their guests.
“When you have two parties that can make decisions with a common goal in mind, the result will always be a consistent, elevated product,” Fricke stated. Brand Centric was started with a passion for sharing our favorite local locations and stories with our guests. This inspired Hyatt to create the perfect launching pad for savvy travelers – a unique home base with everything they need and nothing they don’t. You will find Centric’s in the middle of some of the most unique destinations, always in the middle of the action.”
In Philadelphia, for instance, being at the center of any business meant touching the lofty mind of that city of high and low cuisine of every palate and race done boldly and deliciously.
When it came to finding and/or creating a restaurant for the newest in the Hyatt Centric chain and its open, blond rooms and heavy woods (the large flat-screen TV on either side of the living room/bedroom is an especially nice touch), Fricke said Hyatt’s top executives made Open discussions regarding the cooking space that began during the inception of the hotel’s design concept, and were thoroughly discussed throughout the architectural design. “Some of the most relevant topics discussed from the start were culinary concepts, back of house design, as well as front of house designs with extensive conversation regarding meeting space and advantages over competitors, which included AV integration in all meeting rooms.”
On landing as they did at Patchwork—an all-day-all-night dining space, multi-ethnic menu with a Philadelphia flair—the Hyatt Centric team had to ensure that the restaurant had equal levels of flair, literally and figuratively, with what the property had in mind. The new hotel. “Building the restaurant was based on the best aesthetics and design that can flow into the foyer, creating an open plan restaurant and lobby space for guests,” Frick said. “Once our design team was brought in, there were opportunities to incorporate elements that spoke not only to the Patchwork name, but also to Philadelphia’s history, and stay consistent with the Centric brand.”
Ask Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden, the man behind making Patchwork purr, season to taste, and says that when he first met the hotel group, he and his staff were immediately impressed by the level of professionalism, attention to detail, and drive that Hyatts Mesmerized. “We were delighted to bring a new and personalized restaurant, Patchwork, to the Hyatt Centric, something that reflects the modern vibe of the lobby with a modern American menu that takes advantage of Latin and Asian influences. Leaning more towards well-thought-out appetizers for sharing the table was key. And menu items like the refined Spanish octopus dish with pork belly pairs wonderfully with a glass of red wine, or the tome margarita with agave and lemon. We wanted this restaurant to have a soul of its own. We have worked tirelessly to create a unique and intimate dining experience here at Hyatt Centric with rotating menus and innovative new cocktails.”
Or four or five creative cocktails.
These two new hotels and their delicious fine dining restaurants are simply the best and most recent examples of what it means to be a truly global city in the 21st century. Raise a glass to the skinny man, and let’s eat and stay.