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.
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, kouign 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.
Upstairs 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.