The two-year development of Quirk Hotel was fittingly capped off this weekend with the opening of its rooftop bar.
The boutique hotel and art gallery at 201 W. Broad St. held a soft opening over the weekend for the two-terraced rooftop, which features a bar with food service, dozens of plush chairs and couches, and panoramic views of downtown Richmond.
The opening marks the completion of the 74-room hotel, which opened its first floors of rooms last September, along with its Maple & Pine restaurant. Its namesake art gallery followed soon after, but the rooftop has taken longer – it was previously scheduled to open last November.
The unveiling comes two years after work started to convert the former J.B. Mosby & Co. department store building into the hotel and gallery – a venture led by Ted and Katie Ukrop, who developed the project with Christian Kiniry of Bank Street Advisors. The building was constructed in 1916.
Open to the public seven days a week, the rooftop is available for private events and is otherwise open from 5 p.m. to about midnight, with occupancy restrictions. Hotel guests are guaranteed access.
Sales and marketing director Kate Brown said the bar is expected to help the hotel meet its food and beverage targets for the remainder of its first year. She said Quirk is also aiming to reach occupancy targets above its current average of about 70 percent.
Brown said the rooftop was always planned to be accessible to the public.
“When the Ukrops’ came up with this idea, their intention was always for this to be a gathering place for locals,” she said. “The rooftop is meant to be an extension of that.”
Quirk was designed by 3north Architects, with interior design by Poesis and general contracting by WM Jordan. TowneBank financed the project, which involved historic tax credits. The property is managed by Denver-based Destination Hotels.