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Portillo's Opens in Woodbury

The newest location of Portillo's has opened in Woodbury. The opening of the restaurant's 50th location and first Minnesota restaurant was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by founder Dick Portillo, CEO Keith Kinsey, and Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens.

Free Outdoor Yoga at Element Huntsville

Element Huntsville in Huntsville, Ala., will begin offering free yoga classes to guests and community members every Thursday at 7 a.m. For individuals looking to add activity and relaxation into their day, yoga teacher Cathy Lighton will provide the perfect solution.

Former Ice Warehouse Transformed into Upscale Event Space

The most recent private venue to grace the streets of Seattle is anything but a brand-new building. Originally a 1927 ice warehouse, Block 41 is a revamped two-level building featuring 13,000 square feet of event space. Located in the heart of Belltown, the hotspot offers three discrete indoor spaces and a landscaped outdoor courtyard.

“Block 41 is unlike anything else in downtown Seattle,” says Dan Temkin, owner and developer of Block 41. “I knew we had a special opportunity the moment I walked in the door.”

ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurant's Begins Construction of Second Location in Austin

In the up-and-coming east Austin area in Texas, ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants is building a new boutique hotel. Located on the corner of East 6th and Chicon St., this will be ARRIVE's second location. The new hotel will have 83 rooms and will open in the spring of 2019.

Meet Jim Mauer

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.

Jim Mauer was recently hired as the general manager of Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Miami.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as general manager of Mayfair Hotel & Spa?

Chuy’s Tex-Mex Opens First Location in Colorado

Austin-based Chuy’s is opening their first Colorado location in Denver this June. The Tex-Mex joint will be located at 6595 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster. Chuy’s was founded in Austin back in 1982 and offers diners homemade Tex-Mex in a quirky environment.

Their most popular dishes include: stuffed chile rellenos, chicka-chicka boom-boom enchiladas and creamy jalapeno.

Pinstack Announces Third North Texas Location

This fall, Allen, Texas, will have the third location of Pinstack—a 46,000-square-foot venue that will have 26 bowling lanes with lane-side food and beverage service.

The new location will offer a two-level laser tag arena, a rock-climbing wall and high-ropes court suspended 20 feet above hundreds of video games and simulators. There also will be a full-service restaurant and bar with a private dining area. The venue will have space for more than 1,400 people.

MGM National Harbor Opens its Doors

MGM National Harbor, the first luxury resort in the Capital Region of Maryland, is officially open for business.

“MGM Resorts is bringing the same high standards for hospitality, service and quality to Maryland that we are recognized for in our hotels in Las Vegas and around the world,” says Lorenzo Creighton, president, MGM National Harbor. “Furthermore, the resort’s proximity to the nation’s capital provides us with a rich, diverse community that has enabled us to build a dynamic workforce that reflects our commitment to inclusion.”

MetroConnections Director of Tour Guide Services Given NCA Award

Tracy DeJong, director of tour guide services for metroConnections, has been honored with the 2016 National Concierge Association Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award. DeJong is also a board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the NCA. Previously, she was co-chair of the fundraising committee for NCA’s Minnesota Chapter.

“Tracy DeJong is a public relations asset,” says David Graves, president and CEO, metroConnections. “She works hard at getting out into the industry and showcasing metroConnections. We appreciate her efforts and congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel Announces New Sales Manager

Sam Toscano, CMP, has recently been appointed to sales manager for 1000 Island Harbor Hotel in Clayton, N.Y.

“Since opening a little more than two years ago, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, and consequently the destination, have seen a steady upsurge in visitors, conferences and weddings,” says Todd Buchko, general manager. “We’re thrilled to have Sam on our team to help manage the number of growing opportunities, and seek out more prospects that benefit both the hotel and community at large.”

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