When the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel opens in Buckhead in early 2021, it will bring with it three new food and beverage options: a supper club, a garden bar, and a rooftop lounge. Each of these three new concepts will open adjacent to, nestled within, or atop the hotel, at 374 East Paces Ferry Road NE, which has already started booking guests for its arrival next year. The Betty, Willow Bar, and St. Julep, respectively, will open under the direction of Executive Chef Brandon Chavannes, formerly of St. Cecilia. Kimpton alum Brian McFarland will serve as the restaurant and bar general manager. The three distinct spaces are all designed by Goodrich, an NYC-based interior design firm.
“Set along the tree-lined sidewalks of East Paces Ferry Road, The Betty will transport guests to old school Hollywood, with dark woods, rich leathers, cool marble, and subdued lighting begetting a moody ambiance,” according to a press release Thursday. “But guests aren’t to be fooled: while the menu will boast Continental cuisine, Chef Brandon will take his own modern spin on the classics to showcase local and seasonal ingredients in unexpected ways.”
Menu options include Beef Cheek Stroganoff with black pepper gnocchi, Shrimp Cocktail with preserved lime and Salt-Baked Fish for two with artichoke and truffle. The Betty’s beverage program will focus on brown spirits and classic cocktails. The wine list will include old and new world wines, curated to pair with Chef Chavannes’ dishes, alongside a selection of beers, both craft and local. There will be seating for 175 across its dining room, bar, and outdoor patio. The Betty will open in early 2021 with breakfast and dinner service with weekend brunch soon to follow. It will also have an adjacent private dining room to accommodate parties of up to 22 guests.
“Nestled just behind The Sylvan Hotel, Willow Bar will feel like a freshly discovered secret,” according to the release. It will boast over 5,000 square feet of outdoor space and feel like a “secluded garden with a deeply rooted willow oak tree as the nucleus with which several green winding pathways lead to tucked-away nooks for open-air noshes and nips.” Willow Bar is designed by landscape architects Savino Miller and TSW.
The food menu at Willow Bar will be largely plant-based and offered in a shareable format. Ingredients will be prominently sourced from local farms and featured in about a dozen smaller plate selections ranging from Smoked Shiitakes with green tomato and walnuts to Jerk Cauliflower with tamarind and several omnivore selections such as a Chef’s Picnic Basket with fried chicken and a spread of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. “Patio-perfect” whites and rosés, wine-based spritzes, and shareable punches round out the beverage program. Willow Bar will open in the spring of 2021 for daily dinner and evening drinks and it will also be available for special event buy-outs.
St. Julep, “a departure from the other concepts and the mid-century look and feel of The Sylvan Hotel,” will be situated on the 9th-floor rooftop lounge — as shown in the above rendering. “Guests will be greeted with playful design elements, cheeky neon signage, and sweeping views.”
St. Julep will offer a regular rotation of live DJs. Its menus will “reflect the laidback approach of the space” with options like corn dogs and burgers. The beverage program will feature everything from highballs, gin and tonics, margaritas and aperitifs, and a seasonal rotation of boozy soft-serve ice cream offerings. Both open-air and partly enclosed interior, St. Julep will be open in the evenings starting in the spring of 2021.