The only catch is that the rooftop is already popular with the special-event crowd, so you might pull up to the restaurant to find the rooftop booked (Sunday, they say, is guaranteed to be open to all, weather permitting).
The menu, by Paul Virant (Perennial Virant restaurant is at ground level), offers such light bites as curried deviled eggs with chili oil and french fries served with pickled-ramp aioli, along with slightly more substantial fare.
Fettuccine with rabbit-pork meatballs and nettle pesto is considered a small dish on the menu, but it's plenty satisfying. And if the weather acts up, there's an indoor, air-conditioned space just steps away.
Plants abound on the living-garden wall along the planters, walls and trellises of The Local's gorgeous sidewalk cafe, a great place to enjoy the all-American comfort-food menu, including the terrific prime meatloaf.
New for the summer are handcrafted cocktail snow cones and house-made sodas (spiking optional). A small-bites menu bridges the gap between lunch and dinner service, so you can always find something to nibble on here.