A rendering of the President's Terrace rooftop bar planned at the Graduate Palo Alto hotel set to open in December. Courtesy Graduate Palo Alto.
By Kate Bradshaw
Graduate Palo Alto, the luxury hotel resulting from the controversial renovation of Palo Alto's historic President Hotel (formerly apartments), is set to open a cafe and a rooftop bar next month.
Starting in December, Graduate Palo Alto will offer two new food and drink businesses: Lou & Herbert's, a casual all-day cafe, and President's Terrace, a rooftop bar with views of downtown, according to a recent press release.
The cafe will offer fast and simple breakfasts in the mornings and light bites at night. Coffee will be sourced from Saint Frank Coffee, and the breakfast menu will include items such as pancakes, poke and pastries from Manresa Bread. In the evenings it will offer snacks, local beer and wine and classic cocktails.
The rooftop bar atop the six-story hotel will have a garden and cozy settings, including an outdoor fireplace and couches. The cocktail menu is being designed in collaboration with LA-based mixologist Bad Birdy. There will also be a selection of natural wines and seasonal snacks. The hotel plans to host activities there like rooftop yoga, weekend brunch, a Bloody Mary bar and tastings with local distillers.
A rendering of the interior settings planned at Lou & Herbert's, a new cafe set to open in December inside the Graduate Palo Alto hotel. Courtesy Graduate Palo Alto.
The revamped hotel is emerging more than two years after the Palo Alto City Council moved to allow the 75 apartments the building previously housed to be converted into 100 hotel rooms in June 2020. That decision in itself was the result of a two-year legal battle. The council had passed a law halting buildings zoned for housing from being converted to any non-housing purposes the previous year, but fearing a lawsuit it ultimately allowed the developer, Chicago-based Adventurous Journeys Capital (AJ Capital for short), to move forward.
The hotel renovations proceeded following the high-profile evictions of the apartment residents, who had been paying between $1,200 and $2,400 a month for rent due to the small unit sizes.
A quick search found that rooms at Graduate Palo Alto start at $255 per night beginning in mid-December.
Graduate Palo Alto, 488 University Ave, Palo Alto; 650-843-9755. Instagram: @graduatehotels.