09.19.2017

Delaware North-operated properties debut new courtyard in conjunction with milestone anniversaries

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Sept. 18, 2017) This week, global hospitality company Delaware North proudly celebrated the one-year anniversaries of The Westin Buffalo and Patina 250. The properties – both operated by Delaware North – are located in The Delaware North Building, home of the company’s global headquarters.
 
“This is a significant milestone for Delaware North,” said Jim Houser, the company’s executive vice president and chief operations officer. “We’ve operated in Buffalo for more than a century, and we’re proud to be contributing to the city’s resurgence and tourism with a signature hotel and restaurant. We’re thrilled that our guests have responded so positively, and look forward to continuing to raise the bar with both The Westin Buffalo and Patina 250.”
 
In celebration of the milestone anniversary, the properties are debuting the Courtyard at Patina 250, a stunning new outdoor dining space. Open daily at 4 p.m., the 6,000-square-foot area features comfortable furniture, several fireplaces, a full bar, and a food menu from Patina 250 including small plates, flatbread pizzas and desserts. It also hosts live music every Friday evening, while weather permits. The space is also available for private rentals.
 
In its first year of operation, The Westin Buffalo, a 115-room luxury lifestyle hotel, experienced several highlights. The property was awarded a prestigious Four Diamond Rating from AAA, becoming just the second hotel in Buffalo to achieve that status. It was specifically commended in several areas, including its use of excellent technology enhancements. Earlier this year, The Westin Buffalo introduced two innovative service delivery models – its robot butler, “Chip,” and guest-servicing Amazon Echo devices in each of its guest rooms.
 
The hotel is also the top-recommended Westin property in the North America. It has become a popular destination for professional athletes and entertainers traveling through Buffalo, and the Marriott Corporation has used the hotel for several high-profile meetings and photo shoots to showcase the Westin brand.
 
Patina 250, the upscale American restaurant operated by Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group, has also experienced a successful first year. In addition to numerous kudos from local food critics and bloggers – including an impressive “8 plate” rating (out of 10) in a review from The Buffalo News – it launched a successful cooking class series, “Mastering Home Cooking with Homer,” with Executive Chef Homer Ford.

Jake’s Café, which is also located in The Delaware North Building and operated by the company’s Patina Restaurant Group, celebrates its first anniversary this week as well.
 
About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. In 2014, Delaware North also acquired Patina Restaurant Group, a leader within the premium segment of the restaurant and catering industry. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at www.delawarenorth.com.
 
About The Westin Buffalo
Ideally located in the heart of downtown Buffalo, The Westin Buffalo is just steps from the city’s unique architecture, prominent historical sites, and myriad arts and entertainment options. The 116-room lifestyle hotel offers luxurious guest rooms all fully equipped with Westin's signature Heavenly in-room amenities, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi and two signature on-site restaurants. The property, which also features 7,300 square feet of versatile event space, is a member of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts family and is operated by Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality. For more information, visit www.westinbuffalo.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
About Patina 250
Patina 250 offers casually refined, eclectic cuisine with a devotion to wood-fired cooking. Chef Homer Ford, returning to Buffalo after years in NYC, sources the best local ingredients of the region, presenting delectable small plates designed for sharing. The restaurant has a casually sophisticated, glowing, lounge-like atmosphere, offering a variety of areas to enjoy small bites, craft cocktails or a full dining experience. The space combines natural materials with a rich lushness, combining casual warmth with aspirational luxury. Learn more at www.patina250.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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