A new hotel quietly pulled back the drapes after the holidays, taking over a historic property just beneath the Stockton tunnel and above Union Square. The Palihotel has replaced the Mystic Hotel, and with it, reimagined the former Burritt Room — the celebrity chef Charlie Palmer’s old speakeasy-style spot — as a new bar and restaurant called Fisher Loft.
Fans of the Burritt Room’s hard cocktails, wood panels, and clubby atmosphere might blink a few times: The space has been completely transformed with more light, fresh paint, midcentury furniture, and granny prints. It now makes a fabulously floral setting for tea and scones or cocktails and baby burgers.
Fisher Loft has an all-day menu under the supervision of executive chef William Marquardt, providing hotel guests with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. In addition to the usual suspects, like Caesar salads and club sandwiches, there are a couple of enchanting additions: Afternoon tea for two comes complete with finger sandwiches and scones on three-tiered trays. Stiff cocktails from the bar go down even better with a trio of burgers, each priced at less than 20 bucks, which isn’t too shabby for hotel prices. And for supper, it’s possible to step it up with oeufs mayonnaise, smoked salmon, filet mignon, and caviar.
The Palisociety group has boutique hotels across Southern California, as well as Seattle and, soon, Portland. Owner Avi Brosh sources everything for the rooms himself, including “vintage” telephones (gasp, they’re regular landline phones). Does it make sense to take a hotel that’s a hundred years old and fill it with midcentury furniture and granny florals? Time will tell, but suffice it to say, the snacks look excellent.
Fisher Loft is open seven days a week, for breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., and for the all-day menu and bar from noon to 10 p.m.