The desert’s increasingly compelling dining scene is about to get the deli fare of its dreams this fall when LA’s Wexler’s Deli opens at Palm Springs’ Arrive hotel.
The perennially popular stall at Downtown’s Grand Central Market, best known for stuff like house-smoked pastrami and lox, expanded to Santa Monica in 2016 followed by a space at Westfield Century City last year. But this location, which will replace Arrive’s pool-adjacent all-day eatery Reservoir, will be Wexler’s first venue outside of Los Angeles.
The plan is to do breakfast, lunch, and dinner with both classic Wexler’s menu items like its double-smoked pastrami lox on a bagel and the “Macarthur Park,”, a pastrami-and-Swiss sandwich. They also add some new items for the hotel, including a pastrami burger and blueberry-creme fraiche pancakes at breakfast. Wexler’s will revamp the cocktail program and interior a bit as well, though details are still in the works.
The duo behind Wexler’s, thirtysomething chef Micah Wexler and partner Michael Kassar, seem like a good fit for the laid-back boutique hotel heavy on social spaces. Arrive opened in 2016 from a mainly LA-based crew, including early Facebook employee Ezra Callahan, and David Isen of hospitality and real estate development group Artist & Recreation. Arrive is also currently home to Customs Coffee, the artisan Ice Cream & Shop(pe), and gastropub Draughtsman.