A new downtown hotel development has branded its high-level exclamation mark.
Soma Rooftop Kitchen + bar will occupy the glass-enclosed ninth floor of The Brut, an 82-unit boutique hotel under construction at 1840 S. Boulder Ave., said Kimberly Honea, vice president of hospitality and development for Sharp Development.
Locally based Sharp is developing the roughly $12 million project, a conversion of the former Boulder Plaza Apartments and River Parks Lofts, with ownership partner Wolf Group Properties.
“It (Soma) is Greek for body,” Honea said. “We’re trying to do a wellness focus, which seems to fit, along with the four-letter consistency with Brut.”
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Rob Stuart, owner of Chimera Cafe in the Tulsa Arts District, is creating the in-house restaurant menu, which will be farm-to-table themed featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients, Honea said.
“He is helping us open it and teaching the chefs,” she said. “He is the inspiration but we are the actually owners. He is overseeing everything.”
U.S. fare will be offered with spice and flare from Central America, Honea said. Local coffee roaster Lioness will be the masters behind the cafe, and the lounge will offer cocktails wines and local beers.
Events to be held on the south side of the rooftop will include yoga classes, live concerts and fashion and art shows.
The 3,000-square-foot Soma will be framed at the nearby Abundant Life building before being lifted by crane to the top of the building, Honea said. The restaurant is projected to feature 120 seats and the bar about a dozen.
Outside the hotel will be a spa and a 1950s-style pool with a lounge and cabana. About 3,000 square feet of lawn space will be available for games and events.
Completion of The Brut is scheduled for November.
The Brut’s name is derived from the building’s Brutalist architecture, a style that emerged during the 1950s in the United Kingdom as one of the reconstruction projects of the post-war era.
Brutalist buildings are characterized by minimalist constructions that highlight the bare building materials and structural elements over decorative design.
David Sharp, founder of Sharp Development, has been building in Tulsa for decades. He recently was chosen to develop and construct a Route 66 mixed-use development on two acres of city-owned land at the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and Riverside Drive. That project includes a multi-story classic car vending machine.
Photos: See images and renderings of a new boutique hotel planned south of downtown