• The Herbarium at Bad Hunter

     
    POSTED February 25, 2020
     
  • The Herbarium at Bad Hunter

     
    POSTED February 25, 2020
     
  • The Herbarium at Bad Hunter

     
    POSTED February 25, 2020
     

Already a Restaurant Row haven for vegans and vegetarians, Bad Hunter also happens to house the ultimate urban greenhouse venue to boot.

Located just above the vegetable-forward eatery, The Herbarium at Bad Hunter creates a seamless transition from its bright, airy counterpart downstairs. “There are a ton of beautiful private dining rooms in the West Loop, but space can be limited or dark, often in the basement or back of the restaurant,” says Kat Krzynowek, Heisler Hospitality event coordinator. “The Herbarium spans the length of the second floor, boasting high ceilings, large windows and skylights for an abundance of natural light, a stunning glass backbar, plush velvet seating and plenty of lush greenery.”

From cocktail competitions to weddings or holiday bazaars, with nearly 1,800 square feet of event space The Herbarium can accommodate up to 100 guests for private dining events and up to 150 for corporate and social events and receptions of all kinds. A convenient separate entrance and luxe floor-to-ceiling curtains can help divide the space and create an intimate setting for semiprivate events.

And with one of the West Loop’s most popular restaurants just downstairs, planners can take full advantage of The Herbarium’s dedicated full-service kitchen and bar. “Our Bad Hunter team handles everything food- and beverage-related, allowing us to completely customize and tailor menus, cocktails and wine pairings to your event. And booking is convenient because we offer everything in-house: staffing, furniture, glass- ware, A/V equipment, etc.” says Krzynowek.

Smaller groups of eight or less are an ideal fit for Bad Hunter’s sun-drenched, open-air main dining room and can enjoy seasonal, sustainable and primarily plant-based crowd favorites like butter dumplings or the Bad Hunter Burger from stone-top tables or the eatery’s living garden island.

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.

 

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.