Part of the $10.5 million renovation at a Friendship Heights hotel will include a new dining and bar area named after a hotel employee who died last year.
The Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion will open Willie’s Bar, named after admired hotel sous chef Wilfredo Benavides. Benavides died after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The bar and lounge — which will be open to the public — will encompass 2,000 square feet and offer 100 top-shelf spirits, wines and local beers along with a new small plates menu.
According to a press release, one percent of all Willie’s Bar proceeds will go to the ALS Association.
The renovations at Embassy Suites are expected to be completed by late October. Included is a new entrance facade, lobby, upgraded rooms and updated fitness center. More lounge seating is planned to overlook the atrium of the Chevy Chase Pavilion.
The new menu will feature caprese salad, kale and artichoke dip, fish tacos, flat bread pizzas and other items.