All-Day Recess

Enjoy tailored fare all day long at HARTLEY KITCHEN AND COCKTAILS—complete with after-dinner sips at cocktail lounge AVELINE

This past fall, Midtown’s brand-new lodging locale the Kimpton Shane Hotel by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants made its debut to Atlanta’s hospitality scene. Alongside art-inspired guest rooms, the hotel also offers a culinary retreat through their restaurant Hartley Kitchen and Cocktails and mezzanine cocktail lounge, Aveline.

“I want our guests to feel at home,” says executive chef Mark Alba. “Courteous and gracious hospitality is a huge focus at Kimpton Hotels—from restaurants and bars to all the other departments.”

Alba describes the dishes at Hartley as a nod to traditional Southern cuisine with modern enhancements and presentations. “The use of regional, organic and sustainable ingredients makes positive impacts on the plate with powerful flavors,” says Alba. Starting with breakfast, guests will take pleasure in an array of options from fresh baked buttermilk biscuits to the classic and hearty Hartley breakfast—complete with two farm eggs any style, bacon or sausage, toast, and a choice of grits, breakfast potatoes or fruit. For dinner, think palatable menu items like Sweet Tea Brined & Roasted Chicken, Cornmeal Fried Catfish or Sweet Potato Agnolotti.

“Breads and pastries that are baked daily, handmade pastas, desserts that are made in-house, fresh out-of-the-ocean seafood, dry-aged and brined meats, gently prepared vegetables—there is so much care that goes into each ingredient on the plate,” says Alba on his curated breakfast, brunch and dinner menus.

Just in front of the main dining room, a staircase leads you upstairs to the separate cocktail bar, Aveline. Compared to its dining counterpart, “Aveline has a more botanically focused cocktail menu with twists on tiki-style drinks,” says Stephanie Bloink-Adams, general manager of both concepts. “Hartley is like coming home, while Aveline is more intriguing. Our guests feel welcomed and cared for at each locale, and our service in both spaces is attentive yet unpretentious.”

With support from Kimpton’s design team, Studio 11 Design transformed Hartley and Aveline into two distinct areas that effortlessly complement each other. Curvaceous walls and ceiling details add interest to the sophisticated design, and leather chairs and booths act as perfect resting places to enjoy unique dishes and drinks amid good company. Just outside of Aveline, a chic patio lures guests to mingle around the firepits on chilly Atlanta evenings.

Says Alba as a final note, “Great food takes respect, time and dedication. We hope our guests will notice that and leave with memorable and remarkable experiences.”