Chef Charlie Palmer is at it again. This time, he’s headed to the foodie mecca of San Francisco, but not to open up another eatery. Palmer and City Core are taking over The Crescent to turn the 80-guestroom Union Square property into a chef-driven boutique hotel. Palmer will oversee every detail — from the amenities to the design choices.
No stranger to the hotel industry, Palmer is the owner of the 10-year-old Hotel Healdsburg, home of the upscale Dry Creek Kitchen restaurant. He is also working on the Charlie Palmer Hotel in Las Vegas, another Palmer-City Core effort that is still in development. The Crescent will be his third hotel project. Of course, what Palmer is really known for are his restaurants; The Crescent’s as-yet-unnamed dining spot will make No. 12. Dry Creek Kitchen is Palmer’s only Bay Area restaurant, and his newest addition promises to be different from his other 11 concepts. Though the chef is keeping mum on the details until the new year. We do know that Palmer’s emphasis on wine will carry over to the new spot, and there will be a list of fresh, innovative cocktails. Like his other restaurants, farm-fresh, local, seasonal ingredients will be used, and there will be a focus on service with the goal of creating a cohesive and welcoming experience. “Charlie has always been a big fan of San Francisco,” says Palmer’s spokesperson. “He is excited to be a part of their thriving culinary community.”
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