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Revamped U District Hotel Is Bringing In Big Food Names from Los Angeles

The new Graduate Hotel, formerly Hotel Deca, will be home to a New York-style Chinese restaurant called Genghis Cohen

Genghis Cohen, an iconic Los Angeles restaurant, will open in the Graduate Hotel later this year.
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The former Hotel Deca has reopened after an extensive renovation as the Graduate Hotel, and it’s packing some serious restaurant firepower. The hotel includes three food and beverage options: an already-open cafe, plus a still-to-come rooftop bar and a new outpost of an iconic Los Angeles Chinese restaurant. The three dining options are the work of respected Los Angeles restaurateurs Marc Rose and Med Abrous, who also own respected cocktail bar, The Spare Room, and Winsome, which was named one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants in 2016.

Perhaps the most exciting newcomer here is Genghis Cohen, a Los Angeles-based, New York-style Chinese restaurant and music venue. Crispy egg rolls, turkey dumplings, and ginger chicken are among the standouts at the famed spot, which should be ready by late 2019.

The rooftop bar, The Mountaineering Club, is scheduled to open in late February. The restaurant sits in a former penthouse suite and has indoor and outdoor seating areas. Views extend to the Space Needle and Mount Rainier. The menu will include plates like scallop crudo with grape, basil, and Serrano chile; smoked salmon with avocado, jalapeno, and roasted tomato; raw oysters; and cast iron cucumbers with ricotta chile pesto and toast. Seattle native Jabriel Donohue, formerly of Dino’s Tomato Pie, is creating the cocktail menu with regional ingredients. There are promises of warm, large format cocktails served in Thermoses.

The only dining option currently open in the hotel is Poindexter, an all-day cafe on the lobby level. It serves coffee from Coffee Manufactory, the specialty coffee brand created by the Bay Area’s award-winning Tartine Bakery. Poindexter also serves hot breakfast sandwiches, salads, smoothies, pressed juices, and more. Starting next month, the cafe will add a wine menu with a focus on natural wines, a retail wine component, and additional food menus.

The hotel is the 12th in the Graduate Hotels portfolio; there are also locations in Oxford, Miss., Richmond, Va., and Berkeley, Calif.

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