Fort Worth’s new Kimpton Hotel will host exciting Italian restaurant

The Kimpton Harper Hotel Downtown Fort Worth won’t open until the spring of 2021, but there is exciting news regarding two new restaurants that will be located inside.

The Kimpton is located in the former building of the XTO Energy Headquarters at 714 Main St., which was built in 1921 as the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank building and at 24 stories was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

The historic site is being converted into a 226-room property that happens to be near the Fort Worth Convention Center and Sundance Square.

When completed, it will have 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a rooftop observation deck with 360-degree views of Fort Worth and typical Kimpton amenities, including an evening social hour, morning coffee service and free bikes.

There are two food and beverage companies in the works:

  • Refinery 714 It will be a penthouse bar and lounge named after the hotel’s address and with expansive views of the levels
  • The way will be a bustling lively restaurant and bar serving Italian cuisine with a modern sensibility

The hotel is owned by Development Services Group (DSG, Inc.), a licensee of the San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.

DSG, Inc. has selected Davidson Hotels & Resorts to manage the hotel, which is operated by Davidson’s lifestyle and luxury division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts. Davidson operates 61 hotels in the United States, including Le Meridien in Houston.

Davidson Hotels & Resorts President Thom Geshay said in a statement that they are excited to partner with DSG, Inc.

Gary Prosterman, President and CEO of DSG, praises the pivot team.

“Pivot knows how to serve guests who want a personalized social travel experience,” he says. “We know that, under the leadership and guidance of the team, the Kimpton Harper will seamlessly sum up the dynamic, laid-back sophistication of Fort Worth in a meaningful way.”

Pasta pasta

Prosterman says they worked with the Kimpton team to find the right mix of food and drink.

“Kimpton is known for its great food and drink,” he says. “They did a lot of research to find the right concept that would bring something fresh and found that there was potential in an Italian place.”

They are still developing the details but know there will be a few extras.

“We’re going to have a noodle-making room where people can see how noodles are made in-house,” says Prosterman. “We’ll also be hosting special events like pasta classes.”

Refinery 714 offers a cocktail program that is well elaborated yet down to earth.

“We anticipate the attractive, energetic creations that Kimpton’s Crackerjack Food & Beverage team are known for,” says Prosterman.

The Harper will be the first Kimpton hotel in Fort Worth, but the third in Texas, along with the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt in Austin and the Kimpton Pittman Hotel, which opened in Dallas’ Deep Ellum.

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