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Redesigned and rebranded in April 2013 after about a four-month closure, The Circular is the reinvention of The Hotel Hershey’s historic Circular Dining Room. It has been updated to match current dining trends, both physically and in menu style. Here are five things to know before making a reservation:
1. Yes, it’s still a circle. When Milton S. Hershey designed the original Circular Dining Room, he was adamant about it not having a bad seat and hated the idea of someone being stuck in a corner — so he created a space without one.
2. The formal dress code of yesteryear is long gone. In fact, the jacket requirement for men was dismissed several years ago.
3. Enjoy a choose-your-own experience when it comes to the menu. Part of meeting today’s dining trends meant taking a hard look at how guests are eating. Sharing plates or ordering multiple appetizers instead of a formal three-course meal is popular globally, and now guests can choose how they order, whether from the bar or at a table.
4. Cocktails play a starring role. While wine is still available by glass or bottle, The Circular’s centerpiece bar isn’t just for show. Skilled mixologists craft traditional, contemporary and — of course — chocolate cocktails using handmade ingredients.
5. You need not be a hotel guest to enjoy The Circular. The Circular is open to the public most days of the year (it may close occasionally for private events). It is open daily for breakfast and dinner. A lunch buffet is available Friday and Saturday, and its famous Sunday brunch also returns post-renovation.