The Hilltop is getting a second craft cocktail lounge from the owner of 1022 South. Chris Keil plans a mid to late-spring opening for Hilltop Kitchen, a 49-seat cocktail lounge and eatery in the space where Tempest Lounge operated from 2005 until last September. He’ll open Hilltop Kitchen with Matt Schweitzer, a managing partner at Cal’s Classic American.
The theme at Hilltop Kitchen – or HK, as Keil called it in a phone interview – will have a niche focus on categories of spirits Keil finds interesting – namely, Latin American spirits. He talked at length about agave-based and Latin American spirits mezcal and pisco. Rum, whiskey and genevers also are spirits that Keil is considering. Keil said he may return to where he started when he worked at Monsoon Room – 1022 South’s precursor - tiki style cocktails. Expect less of the Latin American spirits on the menu at 1022 South as Keil directs cocktails there toward gin, whiskey, brandy and sherry. Read more »