One of the world’s top luxury hotel brands appears to be Buffalo-bound, as Delaware North prepares to bring a Westin Hotel to its new downtown corporate headquarters tower now under construction.
According to a job posting on Delaware North’s website, subsidiary Patina Restaurant Group is seeking a general manager to run a “Neapolitan-inspired Italian restaurant” that “will be located within the new Westin Hotel and the Delaware North Headquarters.”
While not yet officially announced by Delaware North, that’s the first clear indication that the Westin chain will become a part of the Buffalo hospitality scene as its first luxury hotel.
Uniland Development Co. is building the 12-story office and hotel tower at 250 Delaware Ave., at West Chippewa Street. The $110 million project features a 119-room hotel on the second through fifth floors, to be operated by Delaware North for both public use and for employee training.
But while there has been talk of a possible Westin here for months, Delaware North has declined to confirm which hotel will occupy the space. Delaware North “is actively working to bring a premium lifestyle hotel brand to the 250 Delaware project as an important component of our new global headquarters,” spokesman Glen A. White said last fall. “Given that Delaware North will operate the hotel, we want the hotel brand aligned with our world-class portfolio of lodging operations, complementing our own brand character and commitment.”
Among Delaware North’s operations are three resorts in Australia, two lodges in Yosemite National Park and the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs.
Even on Monday, the company’s stance did not change. “We are still in final discussions and do not have anything to announce at this time,” White said. “However, we are looking forward to sharing our exciting news in the coming weeks.”
Besides the hotel, the 516,200-square-foot, mixed-use facility also will include 193,000 square feet of office space on floors six through 12, primarily occupied by Delaware North, and 18,000 square feet of retail space. There’s also a five-story parking ramp in the rear for 520 vehicles.
In May, Delaware North bought a majority stake in Patina, which operates high-end restaurants and catering operations at prominent venues such as Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller Center ice rink in Manhattan, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Epcot World Showcase in Orlando, Fla. The newest restaurant, set to open in spring 2016, will be Patina’s first in Buffalo, and will feature handcrafted wood-fired pizzas and traditional Italian fare, according to the job posting.
Photo: A welder works on 12th floor as construction proceeds at Delaware North office and hotel project downtown. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)
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