US: Private investment firm Rockbridge has announced the opening of independent lifestyle hotel The Junto this May in Columbus, Ohio.
The Junto will be operated by Makeready, a division within Rockbridge. The hotel will offer 198 rooms and suites along with five food and beverage outlets.
Breakfast, coffee, and a grab-and-go service will be available at Maudine’s; cocktails will be served in the fireside library the Trade Room; the rooftop bar Brass Eye provides views of downtown Columbus; the hotel’s restaurant Little West Tavern will focus on wood-hearth cooking; and the Little West Poutine is a walk-up window serving classic poutine.
Other amenities include 13,000 square-feet of event and meeting space, as well as a fitness centre with Peloton bikes and Rogue Fitness equipment. Additionally, The Gear Garage will offer guests complimentary bikes, scooters and longboards for use in the local area.
Rockbridge CEO and founder of Makeready, Jimmy Merkel, said: “I am proud of the team we have built at Makeready to steward the vision of creating connective places and destinations that make a difference within the communities we join. We consider it part of our job to understand the soul of the cities we build in and I couldn’t be more excited to bring The Junto to my hometown.”
Christine Magrann, president and COO of Makeready, said: “The Junto has been intentionally programmed as a space where people and ideas can thrive. This destination exemplifies the creativity, and the evolving growth Columbus is becoming known for while connecting people from all backgrounds to gather and become inspired. We look forward to fostering a deep relationship between this great community and The Junto in May.”
Makeready operates hotels, restaurants and retail shops throughout the country including: Noelle, Keep Shop, Hidden Bar and Makeready L&L in Nashville; The Alida and Rhett in Savannah; The Adolphus and Commerce Goods + Supply in Dallas; and Hank’s Seafood Restaurant in Charleston and its venue space Hank’s Social Hall.