The wraparound windows at The Lobster restaurant offer one of the most iconic views in all of Southern California: the Pacific Ocean and the historic Santa Monica Pier with its illuminated Ferris wheel. Now with a refurbished and contemporary redesign, the view from inside is pretty stellar, too. There are several options for group dining, from a private enclosed terrace that seats 50, an inside private dining room for up to 100, or a buyout of the entire restaurant, which accommodates 220 guests for a standing reception.
Sarah Holtze Treadway and Eric Holtze have been appointed to co-chief executive officers at Stout Street Hospitality; Treadway will also serve as the company’s president.
The siblings are set to lead the company their father founded in 1993.
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Alison Berg was recently hired as director of sales and marketing at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.
After 51 years of business, Geja’s Café in Chicago has just unveiled it’s much-anticipated transformation. Updates include new dining chairs and silverware, and a transformed outdoor space with three fire pits.
“The Geja’s experience will now only be enhanced the moment you step onto the patio,” says Jeff Lawler, proprietor. “We feel that the addition of the outdoor patio with fire pits and garden flowers as guests enter will only add to the romance and ambiance that is Geja’s.”
JW Marriott Chicago has announced the appointment of Lisa Timbo to the role of general manager. Timbo, a Chicago native, has been in the industry for 30 years
Previously, she served as general manager at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center since 2010.
Hotel Shocard in New York is debuting two new event spaces at their Times Square-based location.
These spaces feature a residential-like layout with terraces to give guests an indoor-outdoor experience. Design elements include brass hardware details, mirrors and fixtures, old-Broadway inspired marquee lighting and old print photographs. Guests also can make the room their own through personalizing the hotel’s marquee.
For food options, the hotel has its own restaurant, Gleason’s Tavern.
Provenance Hotels and NPB Capital has purchased the Portland, Ore.-based Cornelius Hotel and the Woodlark Building—both built in the early 1900s; construction has begun to merge the buildings into what will be The Woodlark Hotel, which will contain 151 rooms with a minimalist aesthetic. Designed by Portland’s Staicoff Design Studio, The Woodland will be unlike anything else in Portland, having a more refined, elegant feel.
Austin-based Second Bar + Kitchen will open a new location as the main restaurant for the new hotel, Archer Hotel Austin—both set to open Tuesday, Aug. 30.
The Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau recently revealed the Courtyard Marriott at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. Although it opened on July 13, 2016, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony was not held until Aug. 16, 2016.