Panel Shows Why St. Louis Is Always Exploring
An unseasonably warm and sunny January day set the tone for our Hospitality Panel luncheon at the newly redeveloped Angad Arts hotel, formerly known as the Missouri Theatre building. Guests were immediately in awe of the hotel – from the gravity-defying luggage artwork at the entrance and emotion-oriented guestrooms to the 360-degree Chameleon Lamp featuring video art on the 12th floor.
An impressive group of panelists shared their insights on our region’s hospitality scene and trends: Brian Hall, CMO of Explore St. Louis; Mark Aipperspach, General Manager of the Angad Hotel; Amy Gill, Owner of Restoration St. Louis; and David Robert, CEO of Midas Hospitality.
Amy Gill kicked off the program with an overview of Restoration St. Louis’ latest project, Hotel St. Louis. The building is one of 30 Louis Sullivan-designed projects left in the world. Gill and team were able to capture the essence and character of this historical building, all while creating new job opportunities for downtown St. Louis. Each room captures St. Louis such as a vintage record player that play albums with a St. Louis connection, as well as Red Hot Riplets in the snack bar.
David Robert gave an overview of Midas Hospitality’s latest project, a dual-branded Residence Inn and Courtyard Hotel at the long-awaited 27-acre Des Peres Quarry site in West County. The 211-room hotel fits perfectly among a luxury apartment complex, assisted living facility, and office building with even more projects to come. David is also excited about the future of Westport, so much that Midas now owns and manages three hotels adjacent to Westport Plaza.
With the draw of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Fox Theatre, phase 2 of Ballpark Village and future plans for the America’s Center that Brian Hall shared with the group, the panelists unanimously proclaimed the tremendous development potential within the hospitality industry in St. Louis.
To round out the program, attendees had the opportunity to ask our panel of experts their questions. We covered topics from the impact of Airbnb and VRBO on hotels to the numerous benefits of connecting St. Louis City and County to promote a unified front for our region.
Despite topping off lunch with dessert, guests left hungry after hearing Mark Aipperspach discuss James Beard award-winning chef David Burke’s menu at Grand Tavern, Angad Arts Hotel’s full-service restaurant. As attendees headed back to work, they were reminded that “development spurs development.” With people like our panelists and CREW-St. Louis members on the front lines of progress, the future is surely bright for St. Louis.
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