Delaware North reopened the Yavapai Lodge Restaurant, located inside Yavapai Lodge on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The remodeling of the restaurant returns the property's interiors back to a mid-century design. There are contemporary upgrades including a kiosk ordering system, new kitchen equipment, remodeled air-conditioning system and new Energy Star equipment to reduce the use of electricity and fuels.
Peter Grove Collaborative Design Studio, a general contractor from Reno, Nevada, was the architect and designer of the renovated Yavapai Lodge Restaurant.
The front desk lobby was relocated. The new lobby is set at the side of the lodge where the retail store previously stood. This lobby also reflects mid-century style and features a 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.
Other renovations included enhanced and newly added food and beverage venues in the main lodge building, as well as a new front desk, new activity desk, revamped retail store, new seating for guests near the fireplace and complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity.
This renovation is part of a larger initiative by Delaware North to provide guests with lodging experiences that exceed expectations and enhance their visit. The company recently 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 until the end of 2016, resulting in a total renovation spend of nearly $32 million.