The January 2018 Summit will be held January 10th-12th, 2018 in Daytona Beach, FL at The Hilton on the beach.
A hotel, apartments and a ground-floor restaurant and bar may be in store for the downtown Anchorage bus depot on Sixth Avenue, part of a proposal by two developers to transform a long-blighted block in the heart of the city. Read the Anchorage Daily News story here
Lynchburg City Council gave the green light for a new hotel and an industrial food waste recycling facility. After sitting vacant for years, the former location of Billy Joe’s Ice Cream parlor will be demolished by Richmond-based Sandpipe Hospitality to make way for its new WoodSpring Suites Hotel at 310 and 312 Border St. near the Candlers Mountain Road exit of the Lynchburg Expressway. Read The News & Advance story here
South Austin is getting yet another boutique hotel: Carpenter Hotel will take the place of Carpenters Hall just off South Lamar. It will include a namesake restaurant, bar, and cafe at 400 Josephine Street. Read the Eater story here
The conversion of one of downtown’s oldest office towers into a boutique hotel is back on track, following two years of uncertainty. Construction crews have commenced interior demolition at the Candler Building, which lords over Peachtree Street at the northern edge of Woodruff Park. Permits were issued last month for work on what’s tentatively called the Candler Hotel. Read the Curbed story here
A Bloomington developer made a surprise public pitch to aldermen for a new downtown hotel and conference center, calling his public-private partnership the “solution” city leaders have been seeking. Read the WGLT-FM story here
The newly renovated Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., features a music venue and bar called Analog that exudes a living-room feel with space for 300 people and visits by standout performers. Analog joins other distinctive Hutton amenities, such as two songwriter rooms and a three-bedroom suite designed with musicians and their families in mind. Read the Conde Nast Traveler online story here
WKS Restaurant Group, the largest El Pollo Loco franchisee, has acquired Pennant Foods Corp. and its 52 Wendy’s in Southern California. Lakewood, Calif.-based WKS, which now owns more than 180 franchise restaurants that include such other brands as Blaze Pizza, Corner Bakery Café, Denny’s and Krispy Kreme, purchased Pennant from funds managed by Boca Raton, Fla.-based Brockway Moran & Partners Inc.
Read the Nation's Restaurant News story here
Indianapolis-based quickserve chain Steak 'n Shake is planning to open its first Chicago restaurant. The 83-year-old chain has more than 540 restaurants in 31 states. Read the Eater story here
Developers in the Dallas-Fort Worth market are on track to build 3 million square feet of new retail space this year, after adding 4.2 million in 2017. Plans for new space are spread out around the region, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Construction will break ground in 2021 on a $1.5 billion project that will revitalize the Port of San Diego. Workers will add entertainment venues, incorporate seismic protection, and build with an eye toward rising sea levels. Read The Architect's Newspaper story here