Friday, August 21, 2009

Square 1682 Stays With The Green Theme At Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, Slated To Become Philadelphia’s First LEED-Certified Restaurant

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A rendering of the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia by Kimpton | via Kimpton Hotels

Shooting for a mid-October opening, Square 1682 will be the restaurant and bar on the ground floor of the forthcoming Hotel Palomar Philadelphia by Kimpton.

The restaurant itself, in addition to the hotel, will be LEED-registered. Then, upon review, it will become LEED-Certified. Which would make it Philadelphia’s first and only LEED-certified restaurant. (Something that has been a long time coming.)

And the green theme permeates not only the restaurant’s design but also the food and the operations — there will be a commitment to sustainability throughout.

Chef Guillermo Tellez will be doing a New American menu that stretches “from Asia to Mexico, then to India, and circles back home, with several stops in between.”

The kitchen will be committed "to quality, freshness, and eco-sound culinary practices." Dishes will feature sustainable and organic ingredients, sourced from independent farmers, boutique ranches and fisheries, and accompanied by sommelier-selected organic wines.

Tellez is apparently a firm believer in working with independent farmers — some of the nearby farms the restaurant will be working with include Seven Stars Farm in Phoenixville, Hoover’s Farm Market in Lititz, Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, and Deer Creek Farm in Reading. The restaurant will only serve seafood that is identified as a best choice or worthy alternative by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

Also noteworthy (and commendable), the bar at Square 1682 will emphasize craft beers from local and regional breweries including Dock Street, Dogfish Head, Stoudt’s, Troegs, Victory, Yards and more.

As for the space itself, the restaurant will not be gigantic — it will seat just 90 guests. It will be two stories, however.

Designer Dayna Lee selected eco-friendly materials that also have a design function. The bar — “a gorgeous block of staggered walnut” — was sourced from a Forest Stewardship Council certified forest. The cork ceiling is another sustainable design element.

It is the first LEED-registered restaurant in Kimpton's portfolio. As part of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ EarthCare program, Square 1682 will use non-intrusive, high-quality, eco-friendly products, ingredients and services.

All in all, commendable work by Team Kimpton. The restaurant is about two months out.

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia [ Official Site ]

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