Grand Heritage opens seafood restaurant in R.I. hotel
PORTLAND, Ore. - Grand Heritage Hotel Group LLC has announced the grand opening of a new McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in the historic Providence Biltmore Hotel.
A former employee of the hotel who once parked cars and hails from Providence, RI, McCormick & Schmick's co-founder Bill McCormick oversaw the investment - three times the industry standard - to create a restaurant that reflects the Biltmore's best-in-class legacy.
"This is our second project with McCormick & Schmick's," said John W. Cullen, founder and president of Grand Heritage. "The company's philosophy evokes both the historic significance of the property, as well as its legacy of quality, making them an ideal partner for us."
Also based in Portland, McCormick & Schmick's had an existing relationship with Grand Heritage via another of its properties, the Governor Hotel. Each McCormick & Schmick's Restaurant is uniquely designed to create an inviting, original and relaxed atmosphere, with site-specific designs that are historically relevant.
"I have fond memories of the Biltmore, which is the Grande Dame of Providence hotels," said McCormick. "The hotel's unique history, combined with a shared philosophy among Grand Heritage and McCormick & Schmick's for choosing unique, historically relevant sites - not to mention an existing relationship that has been quite successful - made launching one of our restaurant's there an extremely attractive idea."
The Biltmore was opened in 1922. It was designed to recreate the high standards of living enjoyed at the Vanderbilt Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.