Following an extensive six-month renovation, Delaware North recently reopened the Yavapai Lodge Restaurant, inside Yavapai Lodge – the largest lodging complex on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
The remodeling of the Yavapai Lodge Restaurant returns the property’s interiors back to a mid-century design replete with contemporary upgrades, including a state-of-the-art kiosk ordering system, modern kitchen equipment, a remodeled air-conditioning system and new Energy Star equipment, which helps reduce the use of electricity and critical fuels.
Other renovations include several enhanced and newly added food and beverage venues in the main lodge building as well as a new front desk to expedite check-in/check-out, a new activity desk, a revamped retail store and additional seating for guests to enjoy the fireplace and complimentary WiFi.
Delaware North associates check out the recently transformed Yavapai Tavern.
“Since Delaware North took over operations at Yavapai Lodge and Trailer Village RV Park in January
2015, we’ve wasted no time making improvements to enhance the total guest experience,” said John Kenny, Delaware North’s general manager at the Grand Canyon. “As a company, we take great pride in the fact that we operate lodging in some of the most spectacular locations in the country. These renovations demonstrate our continued commitment in creating accommodations that elevate the guest experience.”
Yavapai Lodge guests have more dining options than ever, including:
  • The Yavapai Lodge Restaurant has been re-themed and has enhanced its menu offerings. The venue is now a fast-casual restaurant with a southwestern barbeque theme for everything –from the cuisine to the dinnerware. The menu features classic barbeque dishes, including brisket smoked in-house and rotisserie chicken, as well as salads, pizza, hamburgers and sandwiches, which will be available for lunch.
  • Yavapai Tavern was relocated and transformed into a full-service bar, featuring cocktails with locally sourced ingredients, as well as beers and wines from the region. A bar menu with pizza and small bites is also offered.
  • Yavapai Coffee Shop is a newly added offering, featuring hot and cold coffees as well as two grab-n-go kiosks with healthy beverage options, including teas, juices and water.
The relocation of the front desk lobby was a significant renovation. The new lobby is set at the side of the lodge, where the retail store previously stood, and now allows associates to immediately greet guests and assist with their needs. Like the rest of the redesign, this bright lobby also reflects mid-century style and features a comfortable sitting area and open passage into the retail shop, restaurant and coffee shop. The newly remodeled retail space incorporates design elements of the Grand Canyon into its interiors, including a rock façade cascading down one of the shop’s walls.
Delaware North has long enjoyed a strong presence in the Arizona market, already operating The Grand Canyon Village Marketplace and Desert View Market in Grand Canyon National Park – both of which offer retail, grocery and food service for visitors, in addition to the Tusayan General Store located one mile outside the park.
The Grand Canyon effort is part of a larger initiative for Delaware North’s parks and resorts business. Delaware North has invested more than $23 million in renovations to 17 of its lodging properties across North America, including Yosemite Lodge at the Falls in Yosemite National Park. The investment began in 2014 and will continue through the end of the 2016, with a total renovation spend of nearly $32 million.
In addition to Grand Canyon National Park, Delaware North operates various concession services in Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Shenandoah and Olympic national parks.

PHOTO CAPTION: Delaware North associates check out the recently transformed Yavapai Tavern.


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