The luxurious and enriching experiences of JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America have been enhanced with the announcement of their new ‘Nordstrom Exclusive Shopping Package’. The new amenity invites guests to stay at the beautiful JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America and enjoy a $100 gift card for Nordstrom shopping per night. Nordstrom, located in the west wing of Mall of America, is just steps from the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America.
Hotel Chaco, a contemporary luxury hotel inspired by the architecture and ancient civilization of Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has opened in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque. The 118-room property – the first from-the-ground-up design/build project from Heritage Hotels & Resorts – is located adjacent to sister property Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town.
Grant Grove Restaurant in Kings Canyon National Park has reopened after its recent renovation, which lasted for 10 months and cost $6.3 million. The ecofriendly reconstruction improved diners' views of Bradley Meadow, expanded seating and parking and meets LEED Gold standards.
The remodeled restaurant seats 225 diners and features indoor seating, an outdoor deck and a courtyard area with picnic tables. To-go items are available at a walk-up window.
Marcus Hotels & Resorts in Omaha has announced its new dining and bar concepts that will open in late summer: Society 1854 and Burdock + Bitters. Society 1854 will focus on regional cuisine and local flavor while Burdock + Bitters will be Omaha's newest bar and lounge.
Both concepts will be under the creative direction of executive chef Brent Hockenberry, Omaha chef Jon Seymour, and craftsman and beverage expert Granville Sharpe. Located in downtown Omaha and minutes away from many cultural attractions, the concepts will serve as a hub for downtown Omaha life.
Guillermo Veloso has joined the team at Ocean Place Resort and Spa as their new executive chef. Veloso is no stranger to the region, being a New York City and northern Jersey native.
Veloso has an extensive culinary career extending more than 35 years, but he has also spent time as an archaeologist and naturalist. He was the executive chef at Miami’s Yuca Restaurant and has also served as executive chef at Philadelphia’s Cuba Libre and the Please Touch Museum.
Tim Freeman’s 25-year culinary career included stops in Moscow, the Philippines and Portugal, before Nairobi, Kenya. From there, the 39-year-old plotted a return to the United States, first at Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana, before moving south to Borealis for the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center’s opening in early 2016.
“My son, he was born in Nairobi,” says Freeman. “I had been out of the U.S. for 10 years—I had not set foot on U.S. soil. It was time to come home.”
Fairmont Pittsburgh announced its soon-to-be revealed restaurant concept, which will replace Habitat and open in late September.
Jean-Paul Lourdes, executive chef and newest member to the Fairmont Pittsburgh team will lead the restaurant.
“We are very excited to welcome Jean-Paul. His background is immensely impressive and we are fortunate to have his talent to lead the culinary direction of our new restaurant,” says Matthew Sterne, general manager.
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.
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Boston Park Plaza has appointed Andrew Beer as their new executive chef. He will manage the hotel’s entire culinary program, including development for custom events and running the on-site restaurant, Off The Common.