Metropole Reopens, Sets Date for 21c’s Cocktail Terrace

A new summer menu, a timely art exhibition, and new safety protocols mark the 21c hotel’s restaurant and museum reopening.

Adding to a growing list of downtown restaurants reopening after closing due to COVID-19, Metropole has reemerged with a new selection of summer menu items. Serving as a source of inspiration and entertainment for its returning guests, the restaurant’s owning hotel has also announced a timely new 21c Museum exhibition and opening dates for its rooftop cocktail terrace and brunch service.

Chorizo-stuffed squid with toasted fideo pasta, roasted baby bell peppers, and mojo rojo

Photograph by Mike Wajda

Metropole Executive Sous Chef Marcus Pitts has rolled out a new summer menu just in time for reopening, highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients. Charred summer beans with za’atar ranch, crispy garlic, and sesame and hearth-roasted summer squash with tomato verde, jalapeño, and crispy rice, among others, will be available for dine-in and carryout orders.

“I’m very excited to be back in the kitchen and to get the Hearth back up and running, especially with the new summer dishes rolling out,” Pitts says. “The Verlasso salmon with summer squash, miso butter, and crispy kale is full of summer flavors.”

The restaurant is open 5:30 to 10 p.m. daily; the 21c cocktail terrace will reopen July 15, Wednesday through Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; and Metropole’s brunch service will reopen Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning July 25.

Hearth-roasted summer squash with tomato verde, jalapeno, and crispy rice

Photograph by Mike Wajda

Verlasso salmon with miso butter, summer squash, and crispy kale

Photograph by Mike Wajda

Reserved self-guided tours of the hotel’s museum are open to hotel and restaurant guests only, with the location’s first show since reopening, Dress Up Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance, exploring “the complexity of contemporary identity.” A virtual tour of the exhibit is also available online, with an introduction presented by 21c Museum Hotel Chief Curator and Museum Director Gray Stites.

“[21c is] a space where contemporary art can be transformative,” Stites says. “As our country copes with a pandemic and reckons with racial injustice, we hope to foster conversations about inclusivity, equity, and the role that art and artists play in shaping a progressive future for everyone.”

To keep diners safe during their visit to the restaurant, physical distancing markers and hand sanitizing stations have been placed in public spaces. Guests will be subject to a mandatory temperature screening and will be greeted at the entrance by a host who will offer hand sanitizer and a mask. Seats in the dining room have been spaced out to encourage social distancing protocols and online and/or disposable menus will be available. Bar and lounge seating will be directed by a host who will encourage safe distancing. Restaurant, bar, and kitchen staff are required to wear masks, and both the front- and back-of-house will be thoroughly sanitized at an increased frequency with EPA-registered cleaning products.

Metropole and 21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St., downtown, (513) 578-6660

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