A new 61-room boutique hotel being built at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park, to be called the Park James Hotel, is being prepared to open in July.
Along with the hotel, a new restaurant, called Oak and Violet, will open to the public, said developer Jeff Pollock of Portola Valley-based Pollock Financial Group.
"Even though this is lodging for anyone all over the world, it's going to have a very local flavor," Pollock said. That local flavor is rooted in the names of both the hotel and its restaurant, he explained.
The "James," Pollock said, is intended as a nod to the city's Irish history, after Dennis "James" Oliver, one of the ranchers who gave Menlo Park its name. The name doubles as an homage to his father, James Moore Pollock, who has developed over 80 real estate projects since the 1960s, mainly in the Bay Area, he said.
Oak and Violet draws its name from the designated city tree and city flower. The restaurant is expected to offer "California"-style cuisine, with locally sourced and organically grown fresh food and craft cocktails.
According to General Manager Weston Spiegl, dinner entrees are expected to run $20 to $50. All meals will be offered, and the restaurant is intended to be "approachable, (and )fitting for the local demographic," Speigl said.
The hotel will be operated by Broughton Hospitality and managed by Spiegl, former director of operations at restaurants housed in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hotel rooms are estimated to cost in the "mid-$400 range" per night, depending on the market, Pollock said.
A soft opening is planned in early July, with a grand opening slated for later that month.