News for the week of April 24, 2017
Hakkasan Group has promoted Nick McCabe to ceo following the resignation of Neil Moffitt. McCabe was previously the hospitality company’s president and chief operating officer and replaces Moffitt, who stepped down from his role after five years. The move follows the company’s announcement of a proposed merger with Los Angeles-based hotelier sbe. Moffitt chose to liquidate his interests in Hakkasan, which have been acquired by a current shareholder, prior to the deal’s closing.
“While it's a bittersweet time due to the departure of my mentor Neil Moffitt, I hope that I can continue the amazing work that was done by him to bring the company to where it is today,” says McCabe, who joined the company in 2013 following its acquisition of Angel Management Group. “I also look forward to working alongside [sbe founder] Sam Nazarian and the sbe team in an organization that promises to be the most exciting hospitality company in the world.”
Owned by Abu Dhabi-based Alliance Intl. Investments LLC with corporate offices in London and Las Vegas, Hakkasan’s restaurant portfolio includes 11 international locations of its namesake restaurant, as well as the Ling, Yauatcha, HKK, Sake no Hana, Herringbone, Searsucker and Ivory on Sunset brands. Its nightlife/daylife flags include Hakkasan Nightclub, Wet Republic, OMNIA and JEWEL Nightclub.
Hospitality design firm IIG (Interior Image Group) has hired DeAnna Cortese as director of branding. Cortese’s career has included stints with McDonald’s Corp., Hubbard Broadcasting and CBS Radio.
Sara Agudelo has joined New York hospitality, restaurant, retail and commercial design firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco (MADGI) as job captain. Prior to the move, Agudelo worked as a junior architect at RMR Architecture.
Sara Agudelo, Montroy Andersen DeMarco. Photo: Courtesy of Montroy Andersen DeMarco
Full-service art consultancy DAC has added Virginia Shugrue to its business development team. Shugrue joins the Atlanta-based firm from Deljou Art Group, where she was a senior art sales consultant.
Wyndham Worldwide has appointed Michael Brown as president and ceo of Wyndham Vacation Ownership. Most recently serving as chief operating officer of Hilton Grand Vacations, Brown brings more than 25 years of experience in asset management and vacation ownership sales functions to the Orlando-based timeshare development, sales and management company.
Michael Brown, Wyndham Vacation Ownership. Photo: Courtesy of Wyndham Worldwide
A new full-service Delta by Marriott hotel and convention center is slated to debut in Allen, Texas, late next year. Altera Development recently closed on the property, and construction on the $91 million project will start later this month. Plans for the hotel, which will be managed by Benchmark Hospitality, include 300 guest rooms and 90,000 sq. ft. of convention, ballroom and meeting space. Marriott Intl. acquired the Delta brand, whose locations are primarily in Canada, in 2015.
The new Delta by Marriott hotel planned for Allen, Texas. Photo: Courtesy of Allen Economic Development Corp.
Luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand Nikki Beach Worldwide plans to open its 14th location, in Port Ferdinand, Barbados, at the end of this year, marking the flag’s debut on the Caribbean island. The project will involve a restaurant, pool and oceanfront seating for up to 200 guests. Planned design highlights include stone elements sourced from the region, Caribbean-inspired features by builder Jada Group, a lifestyle retail boutique and a poolside runway feature.
The former Seville Hotel & Apartments in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been transformed into the Fala Hotel. The property recently made its debut following a renovation that restored key exterior features of its 1950s architecture, while updating the interior spaces. Part of Gzella Collection, a group of beachside boutique hotels in Fort Lauderdale Beach, the three-story property includes 15 king- and queen-sized rooms, four studios with a kitchen, four apartment-style suites and a penthouse. The property marks the collection’s third hotel and is located two blocks from its sister properties, the Ikona and Fortuna Hotels.
Singapore-based DP Architects has opened new offices in Bangkok and Hanoi. With these recent additions, the firm has four offices in the region and 17 internationally.
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