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The New Hotel Emma at Your Service


The library invites you in for a good read.

The library at the Hotel Emma invites you in for a good read.

The Hotel Emma has opened at the Historic Pearl Brewery. It is the crowning jewel of the campus, which has been revitalized under the supervision of local philanthropist Kit Goldsbury.

For those of us who remember the ruins of the area more than a decade ago, the renovation of the ornate centerpiece building at 136 E. Grayson St. is nothing short of miraculous. But thanks to the efforts of acclaimed design team Roman & Williams as well as a great many locals, the building is now as stunning inside as it is outside.

The lobby features pieces from the original brewery.

The lobby features pieces from the original brewery.

Every nook and cranny in the hotel, as least those I saw on a recent tour, which did not include the rooms, seems to have been filled with something of history, from the transformation of beer vats into private bar areas to a board room filled with volumes on beer making that date back to when the original brewery was in operation.

The library is both intimate and overwhelming. It seems to draw you to an overstuffed chair with the book of your choice from the massive collection of local writer Sherry Kafka Wagner.

The bar at Sternewirth

The bar at Sternewirth

Sternewirth, the bar, will keep your eye busy at every turn, whether its focused on the spiral staircase in one corner or the silo sitting areas.

In the Larder, you can grab a coffee, get a freshly baked pastry or stock up on gourmet treats, such as locally produced Sandy Oaks Olive Oil or a bottle of wine.

Supper is the hotel’s restaurant, and it features the finest and freshest foods in season. All of the food operations come under chef John Brand.

Grab a snack and a coffee at Larder.

Grab a snack and a coffee at Larder.

A demonstration kitchen area is available for cooking classes, one way to show off the food lover’s aspect of the hotel.

So, let your sybaritic self luxuriate in all that the Hotel Emma has to offer. You don’t even have to stay there to enjoy the place. Go in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a drink, a snack or just a look.

For more on Supper, click here.

The entry to Sternewirth

The entry to Sternewirth

The staff at Larder

The staff at Larder

One of the refurbished vats at Sternewirth

One of the refurbished silos at Sternewirth

The cooking demonstration kitchen

The cooking demonstration kitchen

Another view of the lobby of the Hotel Emma

Another view of the lobby of the Hotel Emma

 

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Supper Opens for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


The dining room at Supper in the Hotel Emma.

The dining room at Supper in the Hotel Emma.

Supper has opened at the Hotel Emma, the crowning jewel of the Historic Pearl Brewery.

Chef John Brand

Chef John Brand

The new restaurant at 136 E. Grayson St., is helmed by chef John Brand, who also serves as culinary director of the hotel, which should be most every food lover’s dream resort, whether you’re visiting for a meal or for the weekend.

“Supper marks the first Texas restaurant project for acclaimed design team Roman & Williams, recipients of the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award,” a press release from the restaurant reads. “Lauded for a design aesthetic that embraces the historic quality at the very essence of the Hotel Emma project, the duo created an intimate setting that seamlessly combines historic and modern elements. At Supper, with its menu of fresh, green market cuisine that flirts flavorfully with many local and regional cultural inspirations, Roman and Williams’ glossed white interiors set a light-filled stage for an unpretentious meal. Roomy booths create a welcoming ambience and pendant lights bathe the dining room in a warm, happy glow.

Apple and parsnip soup.

Apple and parsnip soup.

“Supper will boast 96 indoor seats, a scenic patio that accommodates seating for 50, and a private dining room for intimate gatherings and events for parties of up to 24.”

A recent lunch there showed Brand, known to many for his work at Las Canarias and Ostra, to be in fine form. The meal started with spinach and ricotta gnudi, a dumpling that’s related to gnocchi. It was presented with fried capers and grilled pickled artichoke hearts.

A cup of apple and parsnip soup added a fall feeling that was pure comfort.

Main courses included a juicy burger, served medium well as ordered, with a colorful salad on the side, and roast chicken with mushrooms, cauliflower and a parsnip puree.

Dessert was all indulgence with a burnt sugar panna cotta topped with sweet potato sorbet, crumbled chocolate cake and sea salt.

In short, the lunch held forth the promise of great flavors to come.

Your menu may not be the same as what we were offered. It will change with the season and whatever is freshest, from seafood to soups to salads.

Brand’s also overseeing Sternewirth, the hotel’s extensive bar, and Larder, where you can get coffee, pastries and gourmet treats to go (look for the burnt marshmallow Rice Krispie treats).

Supper is open for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. For reservations, call (210) 448-8351.

For more information on Supper, click here. For more in the Hotel Emma, click here.

Spinach and ricotta gnudi

Spinach and ricotta gnudi

The burger with a side salad

The burger with a side salad

Roast chicken with mushrooms and cauliflower

Roast chicken with mushrooms and cauliflower

Members of the Supper kitchen staff at work

Members of the Supper kitchen staff at work

 

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