Davidson Hotels & Resorts debuts restaurant division

Davidson Hotels & Resorts manages 45 hotels, including the Hyatt Regency Birmingham (Ala.), which includes Merk’s Tavern & Kitchen. Photo credit: Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Davidson Hotels & Resorts has launched its own in-house restaurant division. Davidson Restaurant Group will provide partners with design and concepting consultation, technology implementation, staffing and overall food-and-beverage program development. Greg Griffie, SVP of F&B at Davidson Hotels, will lead the new division.

“Now more than ever, having a strong food-and-beverage program is essential to a hotel’s continued success,” Griffie said in a statement. “A distinct restaurant division, combined with our capabilities in hotel management, is our recipe for truly developing best-in-class properties where the F&B outlets provide a competitive edge.”

Davidson Hotels operates 45 hotels. It currently manages 85 open restaurant concepts with another 15 in the pipeline.

“As Davidson continues to grow and expand into larger, more sophisticated hotels including independent and resort properties, a strong food-and-beverage program is necessary to activate and bring these properties to life,” Thom Geshay, president of Davidson Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement.