The much anticipated W Hotel officially opens tomorrow in the Foshay Tower at 8th & Marquette.
I got a sneak peek at parts of the hotel last week when I met with the concierge staff for lunch. I saw the main floor lobby, reception area, concierge corner, banquet rooms and The Living Room. The entire hotel--caveat: I didn't see the guest rooms--is posh and contemporary while still being elegant and classy. It's less modern than Graves 601 or Chambers, but the dark decor is stark and beautiful. You really have to see it for yourself.
The Living Room is less of a restaurant than a lounging area with cocktails, food and games. The size alone is impressive; I can't wait to try the drinks and the fare, the latter of which is created in a designated kitchen headed up by my friend Josh, former sous chef at Red Stag Supper Club and chef at Cosmos Restaurant before that.
The Living Room does not take reservations because of its laid back, "too cool for school" nature (Josh quote) but, as of of today, Manny's still has openings for dinner Thursday and Friday night. The hotel rooms also look pretty wide open, from opening weekend up until the RNC.
GH2 in Northeast is having its annual 90% off sale this Friday and Saturday, August 15th & 16th. GH2 is where all the clearance items from Grethen House in Edina end up, and they also take consignment items. This is the sale to shop if you drool over high end fashion, but can rarely afford it. In addition to clothes, GH2 also carries plenty of new and gently used designer shoes, bags and accessories.
You can read my write-up of GH2 in Minneapolis Picks here.