|Architect's rendering of the DoubleTree project.|
That's the takeaway for foodies from Wednesday's decision by the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority to award $250,000 to help Schahet Hotels' redevelopment of a former Holiday Inn into a $13.1 million DoubleTree by Hilton.
The Indianapolis company, which also owns the Hampton Inn & Suites near Proctors, is projecting the 2015 opening, with construction work already well under way.
Schahet says its new hotel will offer 123 lodging rooms, a fitness center, a pool and a business center as well as "a new open-concept restaurant and lounge, and a new banquet space with pre-function area and service corridor."
No further details so far, but don't be shocked if Mazzone Hospitality has a hand in it. Among its numerous enterprises, the restaurant and catering empire -- headquartered in nearby Scotia in the Glen Sanders Mansion (also home to Angelo's Tavolo) -- owns Aperitivo Bistro in downtown Schenectady and already runs an open-concept hotel restaurant, Angelo's Prime Bar + Grill, in the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park.
Schahet currently owns and operates eight hotels in Indiana with one more in development there, as well as the Schenectady properties.