Josephine Estelle, the Ace Hotel's hotly-anticipated Italian and Southern-inspired restaurant from Memphis chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, softly opens tonight in the Warehouse District. The hotel's gorgeous lobby bar also debuts at 4 p.m. (with limited service, a hotel rep says) and the music venue Three Keys opens its doors with the Haruka Kikuchi Band playing at 10 p.m.
As for Josephine Estelle, the 5,000-square-foot restaurant is an art deco stunner headed up by executive chef/Domenica alum Phillip Mariano. The dinner menu features eight or so housemade pastas ranging from a sweetbreads agnolotti to gnocchi with gizzards and charcuterie and cheese selections. Appetizers range from snapper crudo to arancini, and entrees include a meaty pork chop and what your Tinder date will no doubt order— the $27 scallops.
Josephine Estelle will roll out its full breakfast, lunch and dinner schedule tomorrow, March 15.
Hours: Breakfast, Mon-Fri 7 to 11 a.m. Brunch Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch, Mon-Fri, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner, Mon-Thurs 5 to 10 p.m. & Fri-Sat, 5 p.m. to midnight.
UPDATE 3/15: Alto will now open on Saturday, March 19. The hotel's rooftop garden, Alto, which is certain to be the outdoor dining destination of the spring and summer — with a food menu from Josephine Estelle that's centered around the outdoor grill (think small plates and skewers of meat and veg), a full bar with craft cocktails, canned beer, wine and frozen drinks, and an amazing view of the city and the hotel's pool— will also open to the public on Tuesday with limited service. It costs $10 to get in to Alto, but the fee is waived when you spend $20. Regular hours: Mon-Sun, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A hotel rep tells Eater that Stumptown Coffee aims to open in late March/early April, which also seems to be the projected opening date for the hotel's upcoming oyster bar from NYC's Grand Banks crew.
Read more about all of the Ace Hotel's food & beverage offerings right here.