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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Expands to San Antonio, Texas with
Adaptive Reuse Hotel in Historic Pearl Brewery Development

The 146-room Boutique Hotel will Open in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (February 14, 2013) – Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today it has been awarded the management contract for the much-anticipated, Roman & Williams-designed, luxury hotel opening next year in San Antonio’s historic Pearl Brewery development.

Slated for a 2014 opening, the planned 146-room boutique hotel is being designed by Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch from Roman & Williams, the noted duo behind John Dory Oyster Bar and several other iconic properties. Located on the site of the original Pearl Brewery in downtown San Antonio, which was established in 1881 and actively brewed hops for 118 years, the hotel will be an important cornerstone of the mixed use development, which already houses a campus for the Culinary Institute of America, along with several popular restaurants and retail shops.

“Kimpton is the recognized leader in adaptive reuse development projects such as this, ,” said Elizabeth Fauerso, Chief Marketing Officer at  Pearl. “San Antonio is already emerging as a hot destination for culinary travel, and Kimpton has a great reputation for both chef-driven restaurants, creative services and amenities and warm, personal service that will take the Pearl experience to a whole new level.”

The Pearl development is a mixed-use space that features retail, dining, picturesque green spaces and paseos, an amphitheater alongside the river, educational institutions such as the Aveda Institute and the third campus of the Culinary Institute of America, providing a cultural and culinary destination that pulls in the history and culture of San Antonio, while driving a new contemporary space for the future of this historic location.

The hotel at Pearl will be the third hotel for Kimpton in Texas, joining the Hotel Lumen and the Hotel Palomar in Dallas.

“Texas is a great growth market for us and the ability to expand into San Antonio as part of such an iconic property and popular destination is especially thrilling for us,” said Kimpton CEO Mike Depatie.  “With a long history of creating chef-driven, locally-loved restaurants adjacent to our hotels, we’re even more excited to be a part of this robust new culinary and hotel destination.”

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the US, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981 Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is well-known for making travelers feel welcomed and comfortable while away from home through authentic and unscripted customer care, stylish ambience and embodying a certain playfulness in its approach to programs and amenities. Adjacent to the hotels are locally-loved, top-rated, Kimpton restaurants. Kimpton leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare program that spans all hotels and restaurants. Market Metrix, a recognized authority and leader in feedback solutions, consistently ranks Kimpton above other hotel companies in luxury and upper upscale segments for customer satisfaction. Privately held Kimpton has been recognized by Fortune Magazine four times as a Best Company to Work, most recently in 2012.  The company operates 58 hotels and 67 restaurants, bars and lounges in 24 cities. For more information visit or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

Pearl, located north of downtown San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The mixed-use space features retail, dining, picturesque green spaces and paseos, a riverside amphitheater, educational institutions such as the Aveda Institute and the third campus of the Culinary Institute of America.  As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid past while embracing the future with LEED-certified complexes mixed with historic architecture.

The 22-acre Pearl site is home to the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio and and the year-round Pearl Farmers Market. Pearl restaurants include Il Sogno Italian Osteria and the Sandbar Fish House and Market, both by CIA graduate and James Beard Award-nominated chef Andrew Weissman, La Gloria Ice House by CIA graduate chef Johnny Hernandez, NAO New World Flavors, from The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio featuring Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez, and Blue Box Bar featuring craft cocktails from Olaf Harmel, The Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden, The Granary ‘Cue and Brew from chef Tim Rattray and the recently opened Arcade Midtown Kitchen from Chef Jesse Perez. Pearl is also known for its shops including Melissa Guerra Latin American kitchen store, the Twig book shop, Adelante Boutique, Lee Lee Loves Shoes, Dos Carolinas, Run Wild Sports, The Synergy Studio and Bike World.  The Center for Architecture houses the AIA San Antonio and the Architecture Foundation of San Antonio.  Office tenants at Pearl include the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, the Nature Conservancy, San Antonio Area Foundation, RBC Securities, the CE Group, WestEast Design Group, KGB Texas and other creative firms.  The Can Plant offering urban contemporary apartments with a place in history.  Event space includes the Pearl Stable, the Pearl Studio and the Pearl Park, a community gathering space, which includes amphitheater seating overlooking a stage alongside the San Antonio River Walk. For more information go to (


Aimee Grove
c/o Kimpton Hotels

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