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Sheraton Austin Opens New Restaurant

The newest concept to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, a Sheraton Hotels & Resorts property, backYARD at Waller Creek, soft opened during SXSW 2017 in Austin. backYARD is Austin's newest restaurant, bar, and outdoor venue downtown, offering American cuisines with Texas flavors, a spacious outdoor event space, and house-infused spirits.

Hampyon by Hilton Opens in Spicer

Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand announced the opening of its newest property in Spicer, Minn.

The new Hampton by Hilton, Hampton Inn Spicer Green Lake, will feature 51 guest rooms.

"At Hampton Inn Spicer Green Lake guests will have everything they need to ensure a happy and memorable stay," says Nancy Larson, general manager. "We strive to offer consistent and quality accommodations with value-added amenities such as Pontoon Rentals, Boat Slips, Bicycles, Stand Up Paddleboards, Kayaks, Fire Pit, and an indoor pool."

Hotel EMC2 Announces its Executive Team Ahead of May Opening

Just before its opening, Hotel EMC2, part of Autograph Collection Hotels, has announced its brand-new executive team. The first of its kind, the hotel celebrates the melding of art and science through its design, cuisine and guest experience. The team includes: Christine Wechter, general manager; Brandon Brumback, executive chef; Rebecca Royster, director of food and beverage; Stefanie Rowe, director of sales and marketing; Alexander Foster, director of rooms; and Yesenia Salas, human resources manager.

Design Details Revealed in the Mansion at Natirar’s Restoration

The Mansion at Natirar will reopen this June with new spaces for club members and private events following a 35,000-square-foot restoration, which created new areas such as the Grand Ballroom and Conservatory. The new design is predicted to put the venue at the top of the list for Northern New Jersey events.

Meet Codie Blue

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Codie Blue was recently hired as Sales Manager at Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as sales manager at Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara?

Meet Bess Miller

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Bess Miller was recently hired as general manager of Denver’s the Curtis—a Double Tree by Hilton.

Summer in Chicago Heats up With ROOF on theWit

theWit will return this summer for the second year with its summer season that has redefined travel.

During three marquee weekend Friday and Saturday nights, ROOF on theWit will host an exclusive immersion event including cuisine, cocktails and entertainment.

Oink and Moo Food Truck Wins No. 2 in The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Food Trucks in America 2017

Oink and Moo, a food truck that has operated in New Jersey since 2012, is making big news! The truck is known throughout NJ towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park, but after expanding to Philadelphia, it won a Vendy award for Rookie of the Year. Now, The Daily Meal has rated Oink and Moo the No. 2 best food truck in the United States. The food is straight up BBQ—beef brisket or pulled pork sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.

Great Wolf Resorts to Expand Into Illinois

Great Wolf Resorts, the Madison-based indoor waterpark company, has  purchased KeyLime Cove, an indoor waterpark resort located in Gurnee, south of the Wisconsin border.

KeyLime Cove will be Great Wolf's 17th location; it closed in late April and will open under its new identity in mid-2018, spokesman Jason Lasecki said.

Terms of the deal have not  been released.

A February report in the suburban Chicago newspaper Daily Herald said the Gurnee Village Board trustees approved financial incentives of up to $18 million for the project.

Mammoth Resorts to be Acquired by Affiliates of Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners from Starwood Capital Group

Mammoth Resorts will be acquired by a newly formed entity controlled by affiliates of the Aspen Skiing Company, L.L.C., and KSL Capital Partners, LLC. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2017, and is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Mammoth Resorts is the current owner of Mammoth Mountains Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain.

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