A new boutique hotel called the Glenmark quietly opened in Glendale this month. The Marriott-owned Tribute Portfolio hotel lands at 1100 N. Brand Boulevard north of the 134 freeway, featuring 85 rooms and a trio of dining options, including a new rooftop bar.
First up is Olia (not to be confused with LA pizza option Olio), a modern French-Mediterranean restaurant from chef Tony Trujillo, who spent years in his native Orange County working at places like Cucina Enoteca Irvine and Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern, among others. While this is meant to be the anchor all-day restaurant for the property long-term, right now with mandated indoor dining closures in place expect breakfast and lunch for takeaway only.
For a sit-down experience there’s Mila, a 4,500 square foot rooftop bar with a tapas-style snacks and cocktails menu. Expect patio furniture, big views, and fire pits under the open sky.
At the lobby level of the restaurant there’s a small outpost of Intelligentsia Coffee, offering espresso drinks, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and the like. There is some outdoor seating as well. And, down the line, an unnamed lobby bar will allow drinkers to once again sit shoulder-to-shoulder drinking cocktails, wine, and beer (once it’s allowed by the county).
The current coronavirus pandemic has been nothing short of disastrous for both the hotel and restaurant industries, putting a lot of hospitality-attached dining around Los Angeles into question. Everyone from Wolfgang Puck to the Lucques team have been attached to various hotel restaurant projects in the past few years — particularly in Downtown — but with hotel stays still at a trickle compared to 2019, it will be interesting to see how these properties and attached restaurants pan out before a coronavirus vaccine becomes available. The Glenmark Hotel is open now.