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Business Development Manager at NorthPointe Conference Center “The culture and environment that is cultivated at the corporate offices flows down through the properties to the leadership at each hotel. Just read the reviews of our assets on TripAdvisor – there is a similar tone from hotel to hotel in the guest response.” What happens when…

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Firm Out to Expand its Stable of Hotels

By Steve Wartenberg The Columbus Dispatch The number of hotel guests coming to Columbus is expected to rise, and Charles Lagarce is determined to manage more of the hotels they will be frequenting. “We’ve evolved, and now it’s time to look at how we’re going to grow,” said the founder and chief executive of Columbus…

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Crowne Plaza aiming for AAA Four Diamonds?

The Lofts and Crowne Plaza hotels downtown have brought on a new general manager as the lodging properties across East Nationwide Boulevard from the convention center complex prepare to raise the bar to compete against the 532-room Hilton Hotel set for completion this fall. Dirk Bengel, the opening general manager for the Embassy Suites off…

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Columbus Hospitality takes over NorthPointe management

Business First – by Dan Eaton Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 The Conference Center at NorthPointe is being turned over to familiar hands. Owner Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. on June 1 will move management of the Lewis Center operation to long-time partner Columbus Hospitality LLC. “It’s been doing fairly well,” Charles Lagarce, Columbus Hospitality president,…

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Bits of Buckeye history fill new grill in Grandview

Bits of Buckeye history fill new grill in Grandview Sunday, November 21, 2010 By Tracy Turner THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH The daily specials are written on the same chalkboard that legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes used to outline winning plays. Some of the tables are made from redwood locker-room benches used in Ohio Stadium…

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Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU Celebrates Grand Opening

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sep 01, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Columbus Hospitality today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU, located near The Ohio State University in downtown Columbus. In addition to the OSU campus, Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU is closely situated to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Arena District, as well…

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Grandview Yard’s Buckeye Hall of Fame set for November opening

Business First of Columbus – by Dan Eaton Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. has scheduled November for the opening of the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill at its Grandview Yard mixed-use project. Nationwide Realty President Brian Ellis said the restaurant and bar will not replicate the old Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe, which operated for 12…

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Franchise Owners Take On Max & Erma’s – The Columbus Dispatch

By Tracy Turner A rebellion of sorts is under way among Max & Erma’s franchise owners upset with the new owner who, after 16 months at the restaurant chain’s helm, has filed to reorganize it in bankruptcy. Those 11 unhappy franchise owners representing 28 restaurants have banded together to try to get the U.S. Bankruptcy…

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