The renovated hotel embraces the mid-century modern design which I absolutely love and I'm thrilled that they've stayed true to the original space, keeping that bit of Durham history in tact but reinventing it at the same time and giving it new life. They were careful in their steps of preserving the original design aspects and materials. There is also plenty of parking available with the adjoining four-story parking garage. The Unscripted theme features an overall fun, hip and creative vibe in its design. The lobby space (the Studio) is a great spot to meet up for a drink or to just hang out and catch up with a friend. The cafe, (allday) is open with outdoor tables on the street and offers coffee, breakfast and grab and go food/drink. The rooftop patio and pool area (the Patio) is open to the public for drinks and light snacks with music and nightly events. The Patio is a retro-inspired homage to poolside lounges.
We sampled several of the menu offerings and there was a nice variety of tasty dishes with something to please everyone, featuring ingredients from local farms and businesses. They have partnered with Fullsteam Brewing in Durham to offer a unique lager brew called the Unscripted, as well as offering additional beers, wine, and cocktails.
Other food and drink offerings located in the hotel plaza space include, Neomonde Mediterranean restaurant (not currently open), which will be offering a variety of flavorful dishes featuring authentic family recipes and is targeted to open in the Fall. Jack Tar Diner is a new lunch/dinner restaurant coming soon from the owners of Pizzeria Toro, also planning to open in the Fall. Pour Taproom is currently open and serving up pay-by-the-ounce beer where customers pour their own drinks from 60+ taps, featuring a wide variety of selectively curated craft beer, wine and ciders.
Unscripted will be offering plenty of fun weekly events to guests and the general public. The schedule includes:
- Monday “The Dive Inn” movies at The Patio
- Tuesday “Sounds of The Studio” album listening sessions
- Wednesday “Epic Sketch” art classes in The Studio* (To launch in August)
- Thursday after work “Mixer Mixer” in The Studio* (To launch in August)
- Friday “Night Swim” at The Patio
- Saturday “Stereo Patio” live DJ sets by the pool
- Saturday “BOOM” nightlife live DJ sets at The Studio
- “Sunday Best” mimosas and bloody mary’s at The Patio
- Sunday night “Mr. Kites Industry Night” variety show at The Patio (To launch in August)
|Media premiere party|
|Jonathan Adler amenities|
|The Sea & Land dish|
|The Patio burger|
|Unscripted lager by Fullsteam Brewery|
|allday cafe on Parrish Street entrance|
|Pour Taproom now open|