The Hotel Du Pont’s Green Room and a rendering of the new restaurant Le Cavalier
The much-anticipated French brasserie taking the place of the Hotel Du Pont’s legendary Green Room has unveiled its name, a horsey homage to the grand location’s storied roots.
Le Cavalier at the Green Room will open for business this spring, the Wilmington-born chef-partner Tyler Akin accounced today. Akin was joined in the announcement by partners PM Hotel Group and the Buccini/Pollin Group, who announced in December that a “progressive French bistro” would take the spot of the iconic former dining room overlooking Rodney Square.
The Restaurant group went to the trouble of pronouncing the name – luh-KAH-vuhl-YAY – and said “Le Cavalier” is meant to “honor the deep equestrian tradition in the Brandywine River Valley” while including ‘at the Green Room’ as a way of showing reverence for the storied dining room’s history.
The equestrian connection begins with Caesar Rodney himself, they said, a signer of the Declaration of Independence whose historic horse ride from Dover to Philadelphia is honored with a statue in downtown’s central square.
“In the early 20th century when the Hotel opened, visitors would arrive by horse as often as they would by automobile or by foot,” the Le Cavalier’s owners said in a release, also tipping their riding caps to “the du Pont family’s history of horsemanship, from William du Pont Jr. and Marion du Pont Scott to Frolic Weymouth, provided further validation of the new moniker.”
Chef-Partner Tyler Akin, a Wilmington native and acclaimed restauranteur, will open Le Cavalier at the Hotel Du Pont
Akin, a 2002 graduate of Tower Hill School
told TSD that he “couldn’t say no” when the opportunity arose to open a new restaurant in the hotel, which was the same building where his grandfather once worked. Akin, also the chef-owner of Stock and Res Ipsa Cafe in Philadelphia, says diners will see a “lively French restaurant” when doors open in the spring.
Dave Pollin, president of The Buccini/Pollin Group and chairman of PM Hotel Group said that planners remain focused on meeting demand for a more casual, chef-driven restaurant.
The new addition to Wilmington’s dining scene will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch seven days a week, 365 days a year. The cuisine will be innovative takes on French-influenced dishes spanning Provençe and North Africa, offering seasonal menus and Delaware-sourced ingredients.
“Naming this restaurant was an incredibly difficult yet rewarding part of the process,” said Akin, noting the intent of opening “a restaurant that is both convivial and approachable.”
Designed by Stokes Architecture & Design, the new restaurant will have seating for 125 and a 14-seat bar, a private dining room and seasonal outdoor patio seating on Rodney Square.