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06.03.20

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark Reopening on Monday June 15

Grand Geneva Resort & SpaTimber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

 

The entire resort will reopen incorporating Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ newly established CleanCare Pledge

Lake Geneva, Wisc. (June 3, 2020) – Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), will reopen the doors of Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and its on-site sister property Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark on Monday, June 15, 2020 with the introduction of the CleanCare Pledge, which ensures enhanced cleanliness and safety measures are in place for its guests and associates.

“Grand Geneva and Timber Ridge are ideal drivable getaways for guests seeking retreat opportunities close to home that give them the space they desire, with fresh air, outdoor activities, and plenty of private spaces,” said Michael R. Evans, President of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “For the past month, we have been reexamining the guest experience, finding ways to make it safer and to ease any guest concerns so when our guests escape to our resort they can relax and immediately get into vacation-mode.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marcus Hotels & Resorts has established the CleanCare Pledge that incorporates the best industry practices and protocols for operating our hotels, resorts, spas, golf courses, and restaurants with an enhanced focus on cleanliness, sanitization, and safety.

Key elements and examples of the CleanCare Pledge include:

  • Introducing new processes and easy-to-use technology to create a low-to-no contact guest experience
  • Incorporating social distancing into processes and various spaces
  • Outfitting associates with masks and gloves, and making masks available for guests
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols that go beyond leading hospitality industry standards and CDC guidelines

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Outdoor Experiences in Wide, Open Spaces

Owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort. Situated on 1,300 acres in the woodlands of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Grand Geneva has been welcoming guests for more than 25 years, offering some of the finest facilities, accommodations, and dining experiences in the Midwest. The iconic resort has always offered dynamic recreation for our guests looking for an escape, including outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and scooter excursions — in addition to the resort’s championship golf courses, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor pools. All of these activities will be open and available.

Golf

Grand Geneva’s championship courses, The Brute and The Highlands are open, and tee times must be booked in advance online or by calling the pro-shop at 262-248-2556.

Food & Beverage

Most of the resort’s acclaimed restaurants and bars will also open and will comply with the State’s operational guidelines and social-distancing measures. Grand Café will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a limited menu, while the popular Geneva ChopHouse will soon open for dinner. The Cool Water Outdoor Pool Bar and Grill will be available during the day and Evolve Nightclub will operate in the evening. Grand Central Cafe, the Lobby Lounge, and The Links Bar and Grill will be open daily with reduced hours. All dining facilities will expand their hours in a phased approach based upon safety guidelines and resort occupancy. Weather permitting, patio dining will be available where possible, and carry-out and in-room dining will be offered.

Spa & Fitness

The resort’s award-winning WELL Spa + Salon will initially offer manicures, pedicures, haircuts, and hair treatments. Additional spa services will be offered in a phased approach. All appointments must be made in advance online or by calling 800-558-3417, ext. 6. Grand Geneva’s expansive fitness center will also open to guests with usage restrictions.

Private Villas

For guests seeking a more private getaway, The Villas at Grand Geneva offer luxury vacation rentals with spacious living areas, separate bedrooms, and kitchens. Guests have access to additional resort amenities, including a pool and an outdoor fire pit area reserved for the exclusive use of Villa guests. Grocery delivery is also available.

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

Nestled within the picturesque grounds of Grand Geneva, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark is an all-suite resort featuring the privacy and necessary amenities for a home-away-from-home family vacation, which includes rooms with kitchens to prepare meals, along with plenty of space and amenities for the entire family.

Named one of the top waterparks in the United States, Timber Ridge Lodge’s waterpark, Moose Mountain Falls, will be open offering families an array of activities including 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor waterpark fun featuring 35-foot high slides, a lazy river, and mini-golf.  Timber Ridge’s restaurants and bars will open in phases following the State’s operational guidelines and social-distancing measures. Guests of Timber Ridge can also dine in any of the restaurants at Grand Geneva.

“While the resort is very close to Lake Geneva and all of the activities available there, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, are the perfect escape for guests looking for a Lake Geneva experience without the crowds,” Evans said. The entire resort, including all guestrooms, recreational and dining facilities, The WELL Spa + Salon, the fitness center, golf facilities, and waterpark will incorporate the enhanced CleanCare Pledge standards of cleanliness and safety into the guest experience.

For detailed information on the guest experience and safety procedures, or to book your stay, please visit https://www.grandgeneva.com/ and https://www.timberridgelodge.com/.

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About Grand Geneva® Resort & Spa 

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-wining, AAA Four-Diamond all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva. Located 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee, the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa features 355 guest accommodations, including deluxe rooms and suites, along with 29 new villas. On site, guests can enjoy the WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a ski and snowboard facility; 62,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants. Also on the resort’s grounds is the Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, featuring 225 guest suites and 50,000 square feet of year-round, indoor/outdoor waterpark excitement, bringing the total number of rooms on the Grand Geneva campus to 609. For more information, please visit www.grandgeneva.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

The family-friendly Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark is located in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property offers a collection of 225 expansive one and two-bedroom suites that are equipped with whirlpool baths, private balconies and spacious living rooms. Full kitchens, which boast full-sized refrigerators, stove-top burners, dishwashers and double sinks, provide complete comfort for families. The lodge also offers its signature 50,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor aquatic wonderland, Moose Mountain Falls – the area’s only waterpark – as well as a 3,600-square-foot arcade, 3,500-square-foot ballroom and a family barbeque restaurant. For more information, please visit www.timberridgelodge.com  and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill and SafeHouse® Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

About The Marcus Corporation

Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its lodging division, its theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 1,110 screens at 91 locations in 17 states under the Marcus Theatres, Movie Tavern® by Marcus and BistroPlex® brands. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.

01.31.20

Mason Street Grill Announces New Menus, Names General Manager

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Kicking off 2020 with a twist, Mason Street Grill, a part of the Marcus® Restaurant Group, announced the launch of new lunch, dinner and cocktail menus. The restaurant also named its new general manager, Brady Pankow, who has been overseeing all daily operations at the neighborhood grill in downtown Milwaukee since 2019.

The new lunch, dinner and cocktail menus feature many of the restaurant’s staple favorites, while adding dishes with flavors and techniques slightly different than the typical American Grill. Some of the new dishes include braised short rib, dumplings and grilled octopus. Mason Street Grill also added a new specialty cocktail – Mason Street Moonshine, which melds together honey, an assortment of hand-picked spices, fresh apple and a neutral spirit.

“I wanted these new menus to reflect my passion for mixing unconventional and simple flavors, while continuing to showcase the amazing quality that Mason Street Grill offers. By marrying comfort food with fine dining, the new dishes provide a unique twist that is different from the classic meals at Mason Street Grill, but will certainly leave a lasting impression,” said Heskeith Flavien, executive chef at the restaurant.

Pankow, the new general manager at Mason Street Grill, is overseeing the roll out of the new menus with Flavien. Pankow, who has 30 plus years of experience in the restaurant industry, joined Mason Street Grill from Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Northbrook, Ill., where he served as the general manager since 2016. Prior to that position, he was general manager at Townhouse Detroit, an American grill located in Detroit. His career has also included roles as general manager for several different restaurants across the country, including Cameron’s Steakhouse in Birmingham, Mich., and opening five restaurants for the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant Group in Arizona, Michigan and Ohio.

“Throughout my career working in restaurants, I have always strived to provide engaged and thoughtful leadership in order to ensure a successful environment for my staff and a high-quality dining experience for our guests. I am thrilled to be at Mason Street Grill and working with the team here to uphold its legacy of being a staple for excellent service and high-quality food in Milwaukee,” Pankow said.

To learn more about Mason Street Grill and read the full menus, visit https://www.masonstreetgrill.com/menus. More information and the latest news from Marcus Restaurant Group can be found at https://www.marcusrestaurants.com/.

About Mason Street Grill
Located in downtown Milwaukee adjacent to The Pfister Hotel, the award-winning Mason Street Grill is the place where Milwaukee works and plays. Serving lunch, dinner, after work cocktails, appetizers and more, Mason Street Grill is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant for Milwaukee residents and visitors alike. Mason Street Grill’s open kitchen serves creative, regional American cooking that reflects the bounty and vitality of Wisconsin. The wood fired oven and grill supply the best Midwestern steaks, chops, seafood and hearth baked breads and flatbreads, which create the centerpieces of the menu. Wisconsin’s rich farmlands help produce a menu steeped in tradition and splashed with the flair and creativity reflective of urban Milwaukee. For the eighth year in a row, Mason Street Grill has achieved Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, for its’ offering of more than 90 diverse and quality wine selections and wine pairings. With a vibrant bar scene, bustling dining room, lounge, elegant private dining and exciting menu, Mason Street Grill is the place to experience the best elements of the region: wonderfully fresh cuisine, expert service and an unmatched atmosphere.

About Marcus Restaurant Group
Milwaukee-based Marcus Restaurant Group, an operating unit of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, develops and operates distinctive nation-wide establishments ranging from casual and fine dining to trendy lounges and creative concepts. From cuisine and cocktails to ambiance and vibe, each Marcus Restaurant Group experience is carefully designed to fuse with the local scene offering the finest quality farm to table products, wine and craft beverages and inspired dishes that cater to every taste. Award-winning concepts include Miller Time Pub & Grill, ChopHouse, Mason Street Grill and The SafeHouse. Frequent diners are encouraged to partake in the Marcus Rewards loyalty program at participating restaurants, bars and lounges at: http://www.marcusrewards.com. For more information on Marcus Restaurant Group please visit www.marcusrestaurants.com or visit Facebook and twitter for the latest news and updates.

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01.13.20

Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel Named a ‘Best New Hotel’ by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards

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Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel, a property owned and managed by nationally-recognized Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced that the property was named one of the country’s best new hotels by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. The one-of-a-kind arts hotel finished second in the awards’ public voting and was the only hotel in the Midwest to receive this highly-touted recognition.

Positioned at the center of Milwaukee’s vibrant theater and entertainment district, Saint Kate is a unique, boutique arts hotel created by artists for artists. From professional business travelers looking for a coworking space in downtown Milwaukee, to local creatives seeking a source of inspiration for their next project, Saint Kate blends exceptional hospitality with artistic expression. The 219-room arts destination features five unique culinary experiences, a 95-seat black box theatre for rotating performances, multiple gallery and exhibition spaces and 11,597 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

“We are thrilled to be named by USA Today as one of the best new hotels across the country after opening our doors to the public earlier in 2019,” said Michael Evans, President of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, which owns and manages Saint Kate. “A recognition of this magnitude by industry experts and the voting public is an incredible honor, but it is truly a reflection of the amazing team at Saint Kate and the exceptional service it provides. We take great pride in having created an artistically bold and imaginative concept that is being so well received by both leisure and business travelers who are looking for a hotel and entertainment experience that is unlike any other in the city. We look forward to continuing to showcase this one-of-a-kind destination to Milwaukee visitors and locals alike for years to come.”

The USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards are compiled by a panel of experts and various 10Best editors who pick the initial 20 nominees, with the top 10 winners determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen for their knowledge of the American travel industry.

A full list of the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards can be found by visiting https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-hotel/.

About Saint Kate – A First-of-its-Kind Arts Hotel
Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s theatre and entertainment district, Saint Kate blends exceptional hospitality with artistic expression. Saint Kate’s motto, “invite participation and expect change,” challenges visitors to keep an open mind, embrace change and evolve as individuals. The 219-room arts destination features five unique culinary experiences, a 95-seat black box theatre for rotating performances, multiple gallery and exhibition spaces and 11,597 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Saint Kate is within walking distance of notable arts attractions in Milwaukee’s entertainment district, the Third Ward and the Fiserv Forum. Artists interested in showing their work at Saint Kate can learn more here. For more information or to book reservations, please visit: https://www.saintkatearts.com.

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01.10.20

Six Finalists Named for The Pfister Hotel’s 12th Artist in Residence

Finalists will showcase work during Milwaukee’s Gallery Night, January 17

The Pfister hotel

The AAA Four Diamond Pfister® Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today named six finalists in the running for its 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence program. Selected for their vision for the residency, existing body of work, artistic process and personality, this year’s finalists are:

Anke Wonder – artistic sustainable fashion designer
Ariana Hugget – representational painter, colorist, realist
David Najib Kasir – contemporary painter
Mariah Kate Klemens – sentimental conceptualist
Nykoli Koslow – conceptual abstraction artist
Paloma Wilder – goldsmith and jewelry designer

All Milwaukee natives, The Pfister’s 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence finalists represent a wide array of artistic forms and experience. Locals and visitors alike will have a chance to meet each artist in person at Milwaukee’s next Gallery Night on January 17, 2020. From 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in The Pfister’s Rouge Ballroom, guests will be able to see the finalists’ artwork and interact with them. No tickets are required, and light refreshments will be served.

In addition to Gallery Night, a selection committee, made up of influential artists and art enthusiasts from the Milwaukee community, will conduct an interview process over the coming weeks to select the winner. The formal announcement of the next Artist in Residence is expected in late February 2020.

As the program enters its 12th and largest year yet, the 2020-2021 Pfister Hotel Artist in Residence will continue to be at the forefront of Milwaukee’s thriving art scene, showcasing his or her work in a studio gallery on the first floor of Milwaukee’s most iconic hotel. During the year-long residency, which will take place April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, the selected winner will create and display work in the designated artist studio and gallery, as well as participate in events and programming throughout the hotel. Guests in town for one of the many highly anticipated events taking place in 2020, as well as the general public can visit the artist during his or her residency and watch the evolution of each piece, while learning about the Artist in Residence’s unique artform and method, offering the new resident the opportunity of a lifetime.

For more information on The Pfister Hotel’s Artist-in-Residence program, visit https://www.thepfisterhotel.com/artist-in-residence.

About The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence Program
Now entering its 12th year, The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence program features a working art studio and gallery that is open to hotel guests and visitors. The program encourages the public to interact with the artist and witness the evolution of each piece firsthand. Over the years, The Pfister has received national attention for its Artist-in-Residence program. Since 2009, the hotel has been a member of the Alliance of Artist Communities, http://www.artistcommunities.org, an international association of artists’ communities and residencies featuring a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide.

The program’s current artist is Rosy Petri (2019-2020), www.thisisparadisehome.com/. Past artists include Stephanie Schultz (2018-2019), www.silversark.com; Margaret Muza (2017-2018), www.margaretmuza.com; Pamela Anderson (2016-2017), www.pamelaandersonstudio.com; Todd Mrozinski (2015-2016), www.toddmrozinski.com; Niki Johnson (2014-2015), www.nikijohnson.com; Stephanie Barenz (2013-2014), stephaniebarenz.com; Timothy Westbrook (2012-2013), https://unicorns.carbonmade.com; Shelby Keefe (2011-2012), http://www.studioshelby.com; Katie Musolff (2010-2011), http://www.katiemusolff.com; and Reginald Baylor (2009-2010), http://www.reginaldbaylor.com.

About The Pfister Hotel
At more than 125 years old, The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in the Midwest and downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus Corporation renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel is home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world as well as an award-winning Artist-in-Residence program.

Today, The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style and has been recognized by AAA as a Four Diamond property for 44 consecutive years. In 2019, The Pfister was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious annual Reader’s Choice Awards for the third consecutive year and was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

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12.23.19

Michael R. Evans Appointed President of Marcus® Hotels & Resorts

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The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS) today announced the appointment of Michael R. Evans as president of its Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Evans is a proven lodging industry executive with more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry with companies such as Marriott International, Inc. and MGM Resorts International.

Evans most recently served as chief executive officer of Apex Capital Ventures LLC in Las Vegas, Nevada, a real estate company focused on the development and acquisition of hotels and resorts. His career includes nine years with MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas as chief operating officer of MGM Hospitality and as executive vice president, global development. Prior to that, Evans was in leadership positions for 10 years at Marriott International, Inc., including as senior vice president, international hotel development in London, vice president, hotel development Asia/Pacific in Hong Kong, and vice president, global asset management in Washington D.C.

“Michael brings to Marcus Hotels & Resorts a broad base of experience in developing and operating leading hotels and resorts in gateway cities and prime destinations in the United States, Asia and Europe. With his strong interpersonal skills, global perspective, legal training and knowledge of the financial markets and hotel valuation methodologies, Michael has exceptional vision and instincts when setting development strategies and analyzing prospective deals and opportunities,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation. “We look forward to the continued growth and success of Marcus Hotels & Resorts under Michael’s leadership.”

Evans received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

About The Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its lodging division, its theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 1,106 screens at 91 locations in 17 states under the Marcus Theatres, Movie Tavern® by Marcus and BistroPlexSM brands. The company’s lodging division, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in eight states.For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.

10.08.19

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Properties Recognized with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards

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The Pfister Hotel, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and The Garland Named Top Hotels and Resorts

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced that three of its owned and/or managed properties were again recognized as top hotels in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Pfister Hotel, located in Milwaukee, Wis., was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers. More than 125 years old, the iconic hotel is known for its gracious service, timeless elegance and the finest in exceptional hospitality. As Milwaukee’s distinguished luxury hotel, The Pfister has created many exceptional programs, including an internationally recognized Artist-in-Residence program now in its 11th year, Pfister “Narrator” program that chronicles the daily life and spirt of the hotel, and its cherished Afternoon Tea, featuring its very own Tea Butler. The Pfister is also home to the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world. This is the third consecutive year the property has been named a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, located in Lake Geneva, Wis., was recognized as one of the Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest by readers. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, this all-seasons premier resort is situated on 1,300 acres in the beautiful woodlands of Lake Geneva. The resort features a variety of lodging options for a unique getaway, including 356 gorgeous guestrooms and 29 luxury villas offering spacious living areas, full kitchens and furnished outdoor seating areas. This award-winning Midwest resort is known for its two championship golf courses in the summer and Mountain Top downhill ski hill in the winter, as well as its full-service WELL Spa & Salon and array of fine dining options. This is the third consecutive year the property has been named a Top Resort in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

The Garland, located in North Hollywood, Calif., was recognized by readers as a Top Hotel in Los Angeles. Built in 1970 by Hollywood actress Beverly Garland and her husband, real estate developer Fillmore Crank, this sophisticated boutique hotel allows guests to relax and unwind in a secluded urban paradise that is only minutes from the excitement and thrills of LA. Now owned by the second generation of the Crank family and under the direction of youngest son, James Crank, the glamorous hotel was recently reimagined and renovated with fashionable décor, a stylish restaurant showcasing the diversity of LA’s food scene and newly manicured outdoor spaces on seven tree-shaded acres. This is the fifth consecutive year the re-positioned hotel has been named a Top Hotel in LA by Condé Nast Traveler readers since its rebirth in 2015.

Ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, spas, airlines, airports and cruises, more than 600,000 Conde Nast Traveler readers across the globe submitted a record-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how they travel today. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”

“We are once again honored to gain the trust and loyalty of Conde Nast Traveler’s discerning readers for three of our excellent properties,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation. “We are always looking to create enriching and authentic opportunities in our hotels through unique programming and engaging experiences. Our hotels are not only a place to stay, but a place for travelers to explore, discover and learn something new about the cities they are visiting. I’m excited to share this recognition with our very deserving associates who are committed to providing extraordinary service for our guests.”

The 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at www.cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue of the publication.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

About The Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its lodging division, its theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 1,098 screens at 90 locations in 17 states. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.

About Condé Nast Traveler
Condé Nast Traveler is the world’s most distinguished travel title providing inspiration and advice for discerning travelers. Authoritative and influential, Condé Nast Traveler is a multi-platform, transatlantic brand. Publishing US and UK print editions under Editor-in-Chief Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler offers award-winning expertise in luxury travel from around the world. For more, visit www.cntraveler.com.

07.29.19

Saint Kate – The First-of-its-Kind Arts Hotel Opens in Milwaukee

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On a gorgeous summer evening in Milwaukee, over 500 artists, makers, guests and supporters came together to christen Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel as it officially opened its doors to the community. Drawing inspiration from Saint Catherine, the patron saint of artists, Saint Kate is among the first hotels in the nation to broadly celebrate arts in its many forms – from painting and sculpture to dance and drama.

“At Saint Kate, we are curating an experience designed to stir one’s imagination, invite exploration and challenge thinking,” said Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation, which owns and manages Saint Kate. “More than an exquisite hotel, Saint Kate is a powerful reminder of the beauty that can be found in the creative process. Whether you’re conceiving something big and bold, or quiet and subtle, Saint Kate is here to support, empower and instigate.”

The Art
Russell Bowman, former director of the Milwaukee Art Museum and founding art advisor of Sculpture Milwaukee; Linda Marcus, nationally recognized multi-disciplinary artist, designer and storyteller; along with Saint Kate Curator Maureen Ragalie, formerly of the David Zwirner Gallery and Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York, oversaw the development of the hotel’s permanent art collection and special exhibits, including over 100 works by artists influential in contemporary art.

Upon entering the hotel, guests are welcomed by a life-sized cast bronze Deborah Butterfield horse sculpture, “Big Piney.” Next, a large lithograph by renowned figurative painter Alex Katz sets the tone at check in, and throughout the first floor guests can find works by Paul Druecke, Terry Winters, Michelle Grabner, John Riepenhoff, Judy Ledgerwood, Damien Hirst, Candida Höfer, Sky Hopinka, Beth Lipman and Mickalene Thomas.

As guests take the stairs to the second floor, they are struck by the awe-inspiring Plume 02, from Jason S. Yi, a site-specific installation references the beautiful yet destructive nature of smoke plumes. Next to Jason S. Yi’s Plume 02 is Tom Bamberger’s Red Grass, a digitally altered panoramic photograph which explores the horizon and naturally repetitive landscapes.

Each floor also reflects a form of art – photography, industrial design, painting, mixed media, music, printmaking, illustration and performance – and celebrates the diversity of Milwaukee’s growing artistic community. Photographs of the hands of the hotel’s construction team indicate each floor number in American Sign Language, evidencing authorship of the space and proof positive of their creative roles.

Through a historic collaboration, the Museum of Wisconsin Art established its first downtown location, MOWA | DTN, at Saint Kate. The 1,700 square foot premier gallery in the lobby of the hotel currently features its inaugural exhibition, titled Downtown, which considers the vibrant historic traditions of Milwaukee’s core as well as the social realities that characterize its urban environment. The exhibition includes work by ten artists who live and/or work in Milwaukee. It runs through September 8, 2019.

“This type of hotel-museum partnership is unprecedented in the United States and truly groundbreaking,” said MOWA Executive Director and CEO Laurie Winters. “Our collaboration with Saint Kate allows travelers to gain access to emerging and established contemporary Wisconsin artists through changing exhibitions, artist and curator talks and more.”

Guests can regularly enjoy scheduled curated tours of MOWA | DTN and Saint Kate’s art collections, or explore at their own pace through The Saint Kate Art Tour app. In addition to MOWA | DTN, guests will find:
The Gallery – A traditional white, cube gallery space located next to MOWA | DTN featuring group shows or solo exhibitions. The Gallery is currently exhibiting Send and Receive, an exhibition by the New York-based artist Lisa Beck. Beck focuses both on the observable aspects of reality, like landscapes and our bodies, as well as things that are too vast or too tiny for us to grasp completely, like space or atomic physics.
The Space – The home of Saint Kate’s rotating visual arts exhibits, where artists will use the space for large scale, site-specific installations. Currently, The Space exhibits works from MOWA| DTN’s Downtown exhibition, including an installation by Lon Michels and mixed media video by Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Nathaniel Stern.
The Closet – An immersive installation room on the second floor of Saint Kate currently exhibiting The John Riepenhoff Experience Presents Yoohee Chang. In this exhibition, featuring works by the artist Yoohee Chang, the artwork is scaled to fit within a small exhibition box. The John Riepenhoff Experience highlights both the playful and collaborative spirit of the art world.

The Performances
In addition to the visual arts, every day at Saint Kate is alive with dance, comedic, vocal, film and dramatic works. Led by Programming Director John Price, Saint Kate is partnering with organizations such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, The Pabst Theater Group, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and the Milwaukee Ballet to expand access to Milwaukee’s incredible performance arts scene. Milwaukee’s first resident company of performers, ARCo, or the Artist-in-Residence Company, has a permanent rehearsal and performance home at Saint Kate. The hotel’s very own Arc Theatre, a 95-seat black box theatre, serves as the heart – and main stage – for a variety of performances throughout the day and evening. In addition to live music at the Bar at Saint Kate, the hotel’s lobby bar, guests can also regularly find pop-up performances throughout the hotel – such as improv, artist talk backs and interpretive dance.

The Rooms
Each guest room at Saint Kate features artwork from local and regional artists. Carpeting looks like sheets of paper – an artist’s scraps and drafts thrown to the side. A photographer’s floor lamp and wall sconces with locally designed linen shades provide ample light. Butcher block desks with butcher’s paper in each room not only reference local art students’ drafting tables but also invite each guest to sketch and create at will. For those more inspired by sound, each room is complete with a ukulele, record player and small selection of records.

Among Saint Kate’s many collaborators is Kohler Co., which partnered with local artist Daniel Chung to inspire bathroom fixtures marked by an inlay of floral and other designs in each guestroom. Additional amenities include custom-designed shower curtains, batik-style bed scarves, hand soap created in the shape of an eraser so guests can wash away the vestiges of their work and tree drawings in the closets that celebrate the passage of time.

Two unique music and art studies were also imagined for guests to lounge and discover on the 9th and 10th floors. Guests can peruse the hotel’s curated record collection in the music study or pour over stacks of books and scripts in the art study’s home library-inspired space.

The “Canvas Rooms”
Saint Kate partnered with local artists Lon Michels, John Grant, Rosemary Ollison, Reed Skocz and Cory Zimmermann to design and create five fully immersive guestrooms called the “Canvas Rooms” that allow visitors to literally sleep surrounded by art. Proceeds from each stay in the Canvas Rooms benefit five arts organizations: Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN), The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Artists Working in Education (AWE), 88.9 Radio Milwaukee and the This Time Tomorrow Foundation (respectively). After the inaugural exhibitions, the Canvas Rooms will rotate with new artists and artwork and will support additional non-profit art initiatives.

Creative fingerprints from all corners of the country can be found at Saint Kate, including architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor, based in New York City, and branding agency, One Design Company, based in Chicago, who collaborated to completely transform the hotel into a one-of-a kind arts destination.

“Collaboration and community are core pillars that inspire our vision for Saint Kate. Thanks to our many partners, along with many talented artists around the world, we are excited to present a creatively bold platform that connects visitors to the spirit of creativity and incredible artistic talent that continues to thrive across the globe. All can be celebrated at Saint Kate,” said Ragalie.

Saint Kate – A First-of-its-Kind Arts Hotel
Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s theatre and entertainment district, Saint Kate blends exceptional hospitality with artistic expression. Saint Kate’s motto, “invite participation and expect change,” challenges visitors to keep an open mind, embrace change and evolve as individuals. The 219-room arts destination features five unique culinary experiences, a 95-seat black box theatre for rotating performances, multiple gallery and exhibition spaces and 11,597 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Saint Kate is within walking distance of notable arts attractions in Milwaukee’s entertainment district, the Third Ward and the Fiserv Forum. Artists interested in showing their work at Saint Kate can learn more here. For more information or to book reservations, please visit: https://www.saintkatearts.com.

07.25.19

Audrey Kitchen + Bar Introduces New Array of All-Day Culinary Options, Specialty Cocktails and Craft Beers

Situated near the Wisconsin State Capitol, new restaurant and bar offers wide selection of exciting handmade cocktails and fare for busy summer season

Madison, Wis., July 25, 2019 – Visitors and locals enjoying all Madison has to offer this summer now have a new experience to enjoy – Audrey Kitchen + Bar. Located inside the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace hotel, near the shimmering shores of Lake Monona, and bustling State Capitol, Audrey Kitchen + Bar offers all-day nourishment featuring lighter fare and tasty shareables, after-five entrees and a collection of classic and progressive cocktails, craft beers and wines.

Audrey Kitchen + Bar is inspired by Audrey Munson, famous muse and a Gilded Age model known as “America’s First Supermodel.” She took the art world by storm modeling and posing for sculptures across the county, including the one in gold atop the dome of the State Capitol building. Touching on her role in the artistic process, the restaurant showcases works from local Madison and Wisconsin artists such as Debra Gottschalk, John Miller and Eric Thomas Wolever, as well as pieces that celebrate the beauty of nearby Lake Monona.

At the helm of the new restaurant is executive chef Jeff Orr, who has more than 25 years of culinary experience. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, Orr created menus and recipes for Audrey Kitchen + Bar that appeal to a broad range of tastes and utilize high-quality, local Wisconsin ingredients.

“At Audrey Kitchen + Bar, we are excited to offer our guests and residents a wide variety of choices to suit the many different ways travelers and those with busy and active lifestyles choose to eat. I believe they will find comfort in our take on food that sounds familiar with some subtle and unique changes,” said Orr.

Dining at Audrey
Beginning at 6:30 a.m., guests and locals can start their day with hearty breakfast offerings such as a build-your-own-omelet, huevos rancheros, waffle and berries or brioche French toast topped with either blueberry compote or orange scented mascarpone. During weekend mornings, Audrey Kitchen + Bar also offers a classic American-style Hilton Breakfast Buffet with fresh fruit, yogurts and traditional hot breakfast favorites.

Individuals looking to nibble throughout the day can stop into Audrey Kitchen + Bar for a variety of snacks and small plates, sandwiches and fresh salads, as well as filling after-five selections for the hungry traveler. Offerings include:

• Shareable plates including chile con queso dip, fried Wisconsin cheese curds, North African spiced lamb meatballs, fried cauliflower and burrata
• Featured sandwiches and salads, such as the grilled chicken flatbread sandwich, a classic Rueben sandwich, a house-smoked brisket sandwich, the Audrey burger featuring the restaurant’s signature creamy burger sauce, hanger steak salad, chilled soba noodle salad and more
• An after-five menu featuring fried half chicken, shrimp & grits, wild Alaskan halibut, grilled hanger steak and bucatini with spicy brassica pesto

A Drink with ‘Miss Manhattan’
Audrey Kitchen + Bar celebrates its muse most prominently at the bar. Handcrafted, specialty cocktails named for Munson reflect her iconography and notoriety.

“Munson had many nicknames, many of which lend themselves perfectly to becoming cocktails. The most classic cocktail on our list is the ‘Miss Manhattan,’ a play off her most notable nickname, which features Four Roses Bourbon, Dolin Rouge sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. Other cocktails, such as The Exposition, The Gilded Lady and Panama Pacific all play off her many nicknames,” said Matthew Angelucci, operations manager at Audrey Kitchen + Bar.

In addition to offering fresh, specialty handcrafted cocktails, Audrey Kitchen + Bar also features an extensive craft beer program featuring a selection of rotating, seasonal craft draft beers, and over 30 different Wisconsin craft canned beers. For those looking for a flavorful glass of wine, the restaurant has an easy to enjoy list of wines from around the world.

Audrey Kitchen + Bar also provides the perfect venue for happy hours, mingling with colleagues and socializing throughout the day. Guests can take in happy hour Monday – Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., and Friday – Saturday from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., with specials on Wisconsin-brewed draft beers, Wisconsin-brewed canned beers and house wines.

Have a Party with Audrey
For private dining and events, Audrey Kitchen + Bar offers the Munson Room. Seating up to 16 people, the Munson Room is located off the restaurant and provides a larger dining space for parties, events, private meetings and other special gatherings.

The new restaurant is part of an extensive property-wide renovation currently underway at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace hotel, including all 240 guest rooms, public spaces, food and beverage outlets and the introduction of The Liberty Room, a one-of-a-kind event space with a private street entrance perfect for weddings, private events and meetings.

For more information and to view menus, please visit https://www.theaudreykitchenandbar.com/. To reserve events or meetings in the Munson Room, please call: 608-260-2363.

About the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
The Hilton Madison is located on the shimmering shores of Lake Monona, one block from the state capitol building and in the heart of Madison’s dining, shopping, entertainment, art and theatre districts. The property is connected to the Monona Terrace Convention Center, making it the premier location or business meetings and social gatherings. The Hilton Madison has been named the best hotel by Madison Magazine and received the Planners Choice Award from Meeting News, among other recognitions. Reservations can be made by calling 866-403-8838. For more information, visit www.hiltonmadison.com.

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06.07.19

THE MARCUS CORPORATION TO BE HONORED FOR EXCEPTIONAL COMMITMENT TO THE ARTS

The Marcus Corporation Logo
Arts and Business Partnership Awards to be Presented by Americans for the Arts on October 3 in New York City

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, announced that The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) will be honored this fall with Americans for the Arts’ national Arts and Business Partnership Award.

Presented annually, the Arts and Business Partnership Awards – formerly called the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America awards – honor 10 U.S. companies, a business leader, and an arts and business partnership for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership. The awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 3, 2019, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City.

The Marcus Corporation was honored for its more than $7.5 million in donations over the last decade through The Marcus Corporation Foundation, which supports many arts and culture related efforts and non-profit organizations, among others. In 2018, nearly 45 percent of total Foundation giving was allocated to philanthropic support for arts and culture initiatives.

The company’s long history supporting arts and culture spans many forms. Company chairman, Stephen H. Marcus was the visionary behind Sculpture Milwaukee, an outdoor, world-class sculpture exhibit that extends throughout the city. Moreover, The Marcus Corporation has been a leading partner behind the important work of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the United Performing Arts Fund, among other prominent cultural organizations.

The company also brings its passion for arts and culture to life throughout its portfolio of hotels and resorts. On June 4, Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel opened its doors in Milwaukee as one of the nation’s most immersive arts hotels. Housing permanent and rotating exhibitions along with theatrical performances and diverse performing arts experiences, Saint Kate is a living and breathing platform that celebrates the arts in all its forms, from music to dance, painting to sculpture, film to poetry and more.

The company’s flagship property, The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, maintains the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world. Over a decade ago, the company pioneered the award-winning Artist-in-Residence Program at The Pfister. This program, which has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally, provides one working artist a year with a studio/gallery on the first floor of the hotel and a platform to introduce his or her craft to an appreciating audience. Similar arts programs can be found at other Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ properties around the country.

“Our commitment to the arts runs deep through just about everything we do,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation. “The arts connect us, inspire new thinking and bring us to see things from a new perspective, and in doing so, help shape a vibrant and diverse community. There is no price tag that can be put on what happens when people come together to share, make, express and evolve their perspective, and we aim to do what we can to be part of that experience. It is an honor to receive this prestigious recognition, a testament to our associates who support the arts in their communities every day.”

“We are grateful to honor these businesses and individuals for their exceptional involvement in ensuring that the arts thrive in their communities,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “They provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into their employee, customer, and community relations activities. They enrich the lives of millions of Americans and truly set a standard for other businesses to follow.”

About The Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. The Marcus Corporation’s theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or manages 1,098 screens at 90 locations in 17 states. The company’s lodging division, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in nine states. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.

About Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at AmericansForTheArts.org.

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05.21.19

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Promotes Joe Jackson to Vice President of Food and Beverage


Joe Jackson, Vice President of Food and Beverage

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced that Joe Jackson has been promoted to vice president of food and beverage. In his new position, Jackson will oversee Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ catering, banquets and more than 40 signature restaurants, bars and lounges across the company’s 21 properties.

A seasoned hospitality industry veteran, Jackson began his tenure with Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2016 as interim general manager of Mason Street Grill, located adjacent to the company’s flagship property, The Pfister Hotel, in Milwaukee. In 2017, he was promoted to Marcus Hotels & Resorts corporate director of food and beverage where he played a critical role in creating seasonal drink and dining promotions for the company’s restaurants and bars, developed new event experiences for various Marcus Hotels & Resorts restaurants, and implemented new food and beverage service standards. Prior to joining the company, Jackson spent 23 years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation in various leadership roles, including four years as corporate director of food and beverage. In this role, he oversaw food and beverage operations at the company’s full-service hotels, as well as created new food and beverage concepts for various properties across the portfolio.

“With more than 30 years of experience, we are confident that Joe will continue to enhance our ability to provide industry-leading food and beverage programming throughout our owned and managed properties. Joe has been a thoughtful and innovative leader in every aspect of the company’s food and beverage business. We look forward to his continued success in this new role,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts remains committed to providing an exceptional experience at all of its distinctive nationwide establishments ranging from casual and fine dining to contemporary lounges and creative concepts. Under Jackson’s leadership, the company’s veteran food and beverage team brings world-class culinary knowledge and expertise to every part of a patron’s dining experience. From cuisine and cocktails to ambiance and vibe, Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ restaurants offer the freshest, seasonal ingredients, wine programs that have earned 36 Wine Spectator awards over the past decade, popular craft beverages and locally inspired dishes. Such attention to unparalleled quality and service has been nationally recognized with numerous Certificate of Excellence Awards by TripAdvisor and local accolades across the company’s portfolio of restaurants and lounges.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

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