Canopy restaurant and skylit subterranean winter garden
Canopy restaurant and skylit subterranean "winter garden"

Canopy, a boutique lifestyle hotel by Hilton, should open sometime this spring, according to general manager Mark Strelcheck, and when it does, it’ll be anchored by a restaurant, also named Canopy, which will be overseen by former Lincoln and Ray chef de cuisine Sara Woods.

The 10-story 153-room hotel, located at 425 NW 9th, could open the first week of May.

Woods says her kitchen will share space with the restaurant’s cocktail bar, creating an open kitchen chef’s counter built around a gas-fired pizza oven that will burn as hot as 800 degrees.

There will be pizza, she says, but so far she’s dreaming up other kinds of New American Pacific Northwest-inspired dinner dishes for the oven, including charred roasted vegetables, braised short rib with crispy spätzle, and stewed wild mushroom melts. Rice and ramen bowls are also in the works.

Canopy will offer a tight opening breakfast and lunch menu, too, featuring dishes designed for grab-and-go, as well as espresso drinks using Nossa Familia roasts.

Once construction is completed, the 60-seat space will feature a dining room with booths, two communal tables and, off to the side, a quiet library-like “gallery” room, where travelers and neighborhood residents can read or work on their laptops.

Strelcheck says he envisions the hotel restaurant as catering to the needs of the Pearl District’s neighbors, but adds that his traveling guests will get to enjoy a couple of additional perks: The hotel will loan out vinyl records and vintage portable record players, and will also offer a Delta Airlines Crown Room-inspired private lounge that travelers can relax in between check-out and their flights home.