Kimpton Harper Hotel in Fort Worth opens with acclaimed Chicago chef
A highly anticipated downtown Fort Worth hotel has an opening date: The Kimpton Harper Hotel will open its doors on June 2nd in the former XTO Energy building at 714 Main St., just steps from the famous Sundance Square Plaza with shopping, entertainment, restaurants and bars.
The hotel has 226 guest rooms and suites with plush Frette linens, Atelier Bloem toiletries, bluetooth speaker systems and plush bathrobes. These include 31 one-bedroom suites that also offer bathtubs, wet bars, and great views of downtown Fort Worth and the surrounding plains.
Memphis-based Development Services Group, Inc. acquired the landmark XTO Energy office building, originally constructed in 1921 as the headquarters of Farmer’s and Mechanics Bank. Their renovation coincides with the 100th anniversary of the building.
The splendid restaurant is Il Modo, a contemporary Italian concept with homemade pasta, pizza from the wood-fired oven, a well thought-out wine list and cocktails based on Italian classics. Il Modo is located on the ground floor and is accessible to hotel guests and locals with a view of the pasta-making room. They will also host private food and pasta classes.
The chef is Matt Williams, a native of Chicago whose culinary career includes working for Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt Hospitality Group in Chicago and Barococina Chicago, a contemporary Mexican restaurant. Bar Siena, a rustic Italian restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop; and Minos Italian. It sounds perfect.
Refinery 714 is the Harper Hotel’s penthouse whiskey bar and cocktail lounge on the 24th floor off the lobby in the living room and check-in area. The menu includes whiskey, classic cocktails, beer, wine and a menu with fine appetizers. A private dining room flanked by two floor-to-ceiling glass doors creates a more intimate atmosphere.
The hotel also offers free coffee and tea and a daily social hour from 5pm to 6pm in the living room lobby next to check-in on the 24th floor.
Designer Cynthia Forchielli’s décor includes handcrafted furniture, brass pendant lights, woven baskets, local art, and nods to Fort Worth history, such as a panther figure nicknamed “Panther City” that greets you when you open the closet.
The hotel is managed by Pivot, the lifestyle industry of the Davidson Hospitality Group.