Restaurant Alma opens boutique hotel, café

Updated: November 18, 2016 - 4:28 pm

Restaurant Alma owner and chef Alex Roberts recently opened the first two pieces — a café and boutique hotel — of what will be a new trifecta for the 17-year-old restaurant in Marcy-Holmes.

IMG_5775 webThe James Beard Award-winning chef has been reconfiguring the neighboring
space, a former Dunn Brothers Coffee shop, and a second floor office space into a seven-room hotel and a new café and bar.

Alma’s café features a long, slender bar much like the former coffeehouse, but this time it comes with a cocktail menu from Bittercube, the bitters company. The café gives Alma’s pastry program, led by executive pastry chef Carrie Riggs, a stage to shine with a selection of bostock, galettes, IMG_5756 webkouign amann and more. There are also plenty of booths and dining space for breakfast and lunch items, which chef de cuisine Matti Sprague anchors with whole grains, long-fermented breads and seasonal produce.

The café at the corner of 6th & University offers an early menu from 7 a.m.–10:30 a.m., a day menu from 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., a bar menu from 3 p.m.–5 p.m. and a night menu from 5 p.m.–11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday.

IMG_5758 webUpstairs in the hotel, Roberts has created several simple, rustic rooms featuring highly textured decor (there’s brass and tile, textiles and leather, etc.), custom furniture from Minneapolis-based furniture maker Marvin Freitas and exclusive organic bath amenities and fragrances from Minnesota-based Bespoke Body & Wellness. The rooms are unique, ranging from 186-432 square feet and one queen bed to two full beds, and re now available for reservations.