‘The icing on the cake’
The Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond is officially complete with the opening of its new rooftop bar and terrace.
As of Saturday, the venue at 201 W. Broad St. is open to the public. A grand opening event also is planned for May.
Construction on the two-level space picked up last September when the 74-room Quirk Hotel opened, says Kate Brown, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.
The 2,800-square-foot space offers a sprawling view of Richmond from the eight-story, boutique hotel.
The panoramic vista was a standout for Jeff Ocampo and Paulyn Roman, a 30-something couple who got engaged on the rooftop bar before it opened. The couple plans to hold their wedding reception there next year.
“It’s beautiful,” says Roman, who had not seen the finished space prior to Monday. “We’re so excited and we can’t wait for our wedding to get here fast.”
The rooftop bar includes a light “bar food” menu, that differs from the hotel’s restaurant, Maple & Pine. Offerings range from a charcuterie plate to barbecue potato chips with fennel-chive dip. Drinks include spirits, cocktails and beer, such as Quirk, a cream ale brewed for the hotel by Richmond-based Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
The space, which includes custom-made glass walls, was designed by 3north in Richmond. The hotel kept the furniture simple to not “take away from the city view,” says Katie Ukrop, who owns the hotel along with her husband, Ted Ukrop, in-laws, Jim and Bobbie Ukrop, and David and Christy Cottrell.
Asked how it feels to be done with the project, Katie said, “It feels good. This is like the icing on the cake.”
Quirk Hotel’s rooftop bar is open Monday through Sunday from 5 p.m. until around midnight, weather permitting.