Fifth Floor lounge. Photo from Kimpton.
The Hotel Palomar’s ~FIFTH FLOOR~ is getting ready to close after service on Friday January 17th, according to Scoop and a follow-up press release. The restaurant will be reopening in the spring of 2014, with a new, more casual concept. The new space will include a patio and fire pit, and the bar menu will be revamped to emphasize craft cocktails. Chef David Bazirgan is staying on as executive chef, and bar manager Brian Means is also staying put. The food will stay focused on quality ingredients, but will shift toward small plates to accompany the cocktails.
In the meantime, there are still a few ways to enjoy the end of Fifth Floor. Until the end of the month, a portion of the proceeds from pastry chef Francis Ang’s (who hails from the Philippines) desserts will go toward typhoon relief. The dessert tasting menu is $25, and wine pairings are available for an additional $25. Also, starting at the bar at 5pm every night and in the dining room at 5:30pm, you can get a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and five canapés for $20. Does that mean bubbles, snacks, and dessert for dinner? Perhaps.