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Speakeasy and American Restaurant to Open in Sanctuary Hotel

By Heather Holland | December 19, 2013 8:05am
 Sanctuary Hotel will open Foxhole lounge and Tender restaurant in February 2014.
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MIDTOWN — A 1930s-style speakeasy and an American restaurant serving steak and sushi are opening inside the Sanctuary Hotel in February.

Owner Brandon Freid plans to launch the lounge, called Foxhole, in the hotel's basement, and the restaurant, called Tender, on the ground floor.

“We’re bringing back the 1930s speakeasy lounge,” Freid said. “Foxhole signifies where the speakeasy is located. Downstairs, there’s a secret entrance that leads to a very cool hallway, layered with brick. It’ll have an eclectic feel.”

The lounge, which has space to fit 75 guests and is still under construction, will be decorated with brass and metal, plush leather couches, and hardwood and stone floors.

Guests will be able to access the lounge through a separate entrance on 47th Street or through a stairwell in the lobby of the hotel located at 132 W. 47th St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Although the menu is still in the works, offerings will include a small selection of tapas-style food, and cocktails made with infused vodka and fresh fruit.

In addition, the Sanctuary Hotel will be closing its Ultra Lounge soon, only a year after it opened, and will launch an American-style restaurant called Tender in its place.

The new eatery, which is expected to open in mid- to late February, will specialize in steak, rotisserie meats and sushi, Freid said.

Once it opens, it will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch, Freid said. The space will feature a wraparound bar at the front and two dining rooms, with 165 seats in all.

The Sanctuary Hotel also has a rooftop bar serving French cuisine, called Haven.

“I want [the Sanctuary Hotel] to be a small, boutique Vegas in Midtown," Freid said, "where people can have multiple options and venues to choose from."