James Beard-award winning chef Andrea Reusing, owner of Lantern in Chapel Hill, is partnering with developers of the soon-to-open The Durham boutique hotel to open a restaurant and rooftop bar.
Craig Spitzer, general manager of the hotel, said the 53-room, five-story independent boutique hotel will open this spring. Andrea Reusing is overseeing the development of the hotel’s first-floor restaurant with an outdoor terrace as well as the roof-top bar with indoor and outdoor seating, Spitzer explained. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch on the weekends; weekday breakfast will only be offered to hotel guests.
Asked about the restaurant and bar concepts, Spitzer said, “It will not be Asian.” Spitzer promised to share more details soon.
The hotel will be located in the former Home Savings building at 315 E. Chapel Hill St., which is part of a happening stretch of downtown Durham with Rue Cler, Alley Twenty Six and the soon-to-open Dashi restaurant. (To see a photo of the 1960s bank building, go HERE.)
Spitzer said the hotel will offer an experience to The Library Hotel in New York City where he used to work. Spitzer said it will be elegant but not stuffy, approachable and with a level of servie that is warm, welcoming and be focused on an attention to detail.
The hotel is a collaboration between Spitzer, Reusing and Durham developers Daniel Robinson and Brad Wiese.
“We feel like it will fill a void in the Triangle,” Spitzer said. “We see our success rooted in becoming an attraction for the whole region.”