OPENINGS SALES AND RENOS Nov. 27, 2018

Bayview Hospitality plans new Springhill Suites

TORONTO — Alnoor Gulamani, president and founder of Bayview Hospitality Group, plans to build a 10-storey, 171-suite Springhill Suites by Marriott at 5270 Solar Drive, in the Toronto Airport Corporate Centre. The hotel will feature 3,000 square feet of meeting space and lots of parking.

“We're pretty excited, he told CLN. “We have already had a Hampton/ Homewood in the area for eight years, and we've been able to grow into that market. We bought the site some time ago and decided to go ahead. We will have the Springhill breakfast and bar area, as there is a shortage of restaurants in the area.”

Gulamani added that he was excited about the transit improvements in the area, along Eglinton Ave.

Bayview chose the Springhill brand because, Gulamani said, he likes brands that are more than a room. “The room layout is very spacious and has a nice feel to it. Every unit is a suite, and they've done a good job of layout having a desk in the middle, a spacious, large bathroom and a sofa bed in the living room. There is also a kitchen with a microwave and fridge.”

The clientele will be airport corporate guests, airport related business people, plus sports groups and families. Gulamani expects there will be a little bit of extended stay business as well. “We can play in a lot of spaces,” Gulamani said.

Shovels should be in the ground by next spring.  Bayview Hospitality has 11 hotels, most of them in the GTA, Ottawa area or Cambridge, Ont.

Ruth's Chris opens at Marriott Markham

Co-Franchisees Lana Duke and R. David Duke marked the Grand Opening of their third Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the GTA, located in the Marriott Markham Hotel at 170 Enterprise Blvd in ‘Downtown Markham. Joining in the ribbon cutting festivities (right to left) Ruth’s Chris-Markham General Manager Mike Berlanguet, R. David Duke, Lori Duke, Lana Duke, Director of Sales & Marketing Sara Wilde, Executive Chef Ibrahim Hodroj and Toronto Marriott Markham General Manager Hiren Prabhakar. (Photo: Darrell Hein)

Co-Franchisees Lana Duke and R. David Duke marked the Grand Opening of their third Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the GTA, located in the Marriott Markham Hotel at 170 Enterprise Blvd in ‘Downtown Markham. Joining in the ribbon cutting festivities (right to left) Ruth’s Chris-Markham General Manager Mike Berlanguet, R. David Duke, Lori Duke, Lana Duke, Director of Sales & Marketing Sara Wilde, Executive Chef Ibrahim Hodroj and Toronto Marriott Markham General Manager Hiren Prabhakar. (Photo: Darrell Hein)

MARKHAM, Ont. — Ruth’s
Chris Steak House – Markham has opened at 170 Enterprise Blvd at Birchmount Rd. in Downtown Markham, next to
the Marriott Markham Hotel.  

Co-franchisees Lana Duke and R. David Duke
marked the Grand Opening of their third Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the GTA,
located in the Marriott Markham Hotel at 170 Enterprise Blvd in Downtown
Markham. 

“It was terrific,” Lana Duke told CLN in an interview. “We had rehearsal dinner parties on Friday and Saturday, and on Monday [Nov. 12] we cut the ribbon. We had a soft opening with the staff and it was a great experience.

“We
are thrilled to be able to open in this vital community,” she noted. “We’ve been part
of the Greater Toronto Area restaurant scene since 1995 when we opened the
first Ruth’s Chris in Canada at our downtown location in the Hilton Toronto on
Adelaide St. W.  Almost a year ago to the day, we moved our Mississauga
restaurant to 970 Dixon Rd., across from Pearson Airport.  All our venues reinforce the
Ruth Fertel New Orleans tradition of sizzling steaks, fine wines and
exceptional service.”

Duke is especially proud of the decor. “My son put it together, and I am passing the baton to him, and our daughter in law, who works as our office manager in New Orleans, and handles all our gift card sales.”

When she first came to the area two years ago, Duke thought that coming to Markham might be a little premature, but she is amazed at the growth taking place and planned for the future. Markham is a higher income area with a strong Asian market, and “they love our steaks,” she said.

“At our Grand Opening, we’ve
continued to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, and know
our dinner guests demonstrated their financial support of this worthy
organization,” she added. The Duke family has a special connection to this organization. When David's son was four, his best friend had leukemia, and since then he has made the society the company's charity.

Cartoon Network to open
first U.S. hotel

LANCASTER, Penn. — The network announced recently that a partnership between Cartoon Network and Palace Entertainment will bring
a hotel with
165 rooms to a nine-acre destination on Route 30 in Lancaster
, Penn., next to Dutch Wonderland Family
Amusement Park. Hershey
Entertainment sold Dutch Wonderland to Palace Entertainment in 2010.

Cartoon Network Hotel will
feature the animation and antics of characters from shows like Adventure Time,
We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls.

“With just the right mix of
technology, design and animation, we’re aiming to bring our characters to life
in a way that we haven’t seen done before”, said Christina Miller, president of
Cartoon Network-Adult Swim-Boomerang said in a news releae. “We can’t wait to
be part of many family vacations with the ultimate Cartoon Network experience.”

Highlights of the plan include
an interactive lobby, resort-style pool, water play zone, outdoor ampitheater
with oversized movie screen, lawn games and fire pits. Inside, plans include an
indoor pool, game room and play area.

Guest rooms and suites will
feature “interchangeable show theming that can be customized around children’s
preferences to make each visit a new adventure.”

Days Inn by
Wyndham adds hotel in Saint John, N.B.

TORONTO
— Realstar Hospitality has announced the location of its newest Days Inn by Wyndham franchise.
Located in Saint John, the conversion property features 86 spacious guest
rooms, each appointed with flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, plush bedding,
mini-fridge and microwave.

Prior to opening, the
hotel refreshed its look in all public spaces, guest rooms and the building’s
exterior. In order to enhance the guest experience, the project included
extensive upgrades to bedding, flooring, furniture and brand new hotel artwork.

“Our goal is to create a
welcoming atmosphere with a first-rate level of service that will make our
guests want to return,” said Ankit Amin, hotel general manager. “We’re thrilled
to build upon the strength of the Days Inn by Wyndham trademark and offer
exceptional value to hotel guests.”

Additional onsite
amenities include complimentary Daybreak Café breakfast, an indoor pool and
fitness centre, meeting space and a business centre, along with free parking.

“Days Inn by Wyndham
Saint John is a great addition to the brand, helping to broaden our
distribution of Days Inns across New Brunswick,” said Irwin Prince, president
& COO, Realstar Hospitality. “With the opening of this hotel, we can offer
travellers – both business and leisure alike – an excellent choice in
accommodations.”

Motel 6 opens in
Fort St. John, B.C.  

TORONTO — Realstar Hospitality announced the opening of its newest Motel 6 in Fort
St. John, B.C. on Nov. 14. This is the third location in British Columbia for the brand,
adding to the growing franchise system in Canada.

“We’re excited to
officially open the doors of our second Motel 6 location while continuing to be
part of a well-recognized brand in Canada,” said Gary Patara, hotel owner &
GM. “Our guests will enjoy clean, comfortable guestrooms and great value along
with superior customer service.”

The conversion property
updated its look to feature the award winning contemporary Motel 6 phoenix
design. All 61 newly-renovated guestrooms include comfortable and contemporary
furnishings, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and micro-fridges. Guests can enjoy
the convenience of complimentary morning coffee in the lobby, a coin laundry
facility and on-site truck parking.

As we focus our efforts
on developing the brand, we’re thrilled to expand our presence in British
Columbia,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “There
is tremendous opportunity for growth across the country and we look forward to
opening an additional two locations before year end.”

Conveniently located at
9810 100 Street, right off the Alaska Highway, Motel 6 – Fort St. John is a
great option for those travelling to the Northern Rocky Mountains. Guests will
find themselves within easy reach of nearby attractions such as Pomeroy Sports
Centre, Totem Mall and North Peace Museum.