Mīnerva’s, a pool house, bars and restaurant, is now open at the Life House hotel in Palm Springs, CA.
Consisting of a pool bar by day and a quaint, speakeasy-style cocktail lounge by night, the design of Mīnerva’s is inspired by the work of Coachella Valley conservationist Minerva Hoyt, doubling as an immersive desert exhibition of food, design and art.
The menu has includes light choices – salads, a wrap and shrimp – and more heavy ones (a burger and steak) with prices ranging from the mid-teens to $40, plus breakfast. Cocktails, priced at $16, includes tequila, mescal, bourbon and rum concoctions The pool bar is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and the indoor restaurant 7-11 a.m., and 5-10 p.m. (weekdays; it’s open until Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). There’s live entertaiment on weekends at night.
“The inspiration was to deliver a menu that celebrates the vitality of Palm Springs’ desert landscape. Many associate the terrain with barren grounds, but the California ecosystem is widely diverse and rich with an abundance of flavors,” said Chef Jonathan Thoma who came over from Los Angeles’ Great White and Gran Blanco. “Our goal is to exemplify its bounty with vibrant dishes and low waste practices that educate our guests on the nearby landscape – while never hurting it.”
“With everything that we conceive, we try to tell a true story through the lens of a protagonist that unites the environment, the architecture, the menu, the music, the decor, and beyond” says Life House Founder, Rami Zeidan. “Minerva’s is special in this spirit as the concept pulls directly from Ms. Hoyt’s desire to channel the energy from her loss into the spirit of her plants, music, art & community. Like her, we’re excited to breathe a fresh new life into Palm Springs, while paying homage to its nature and roots.”