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Portillo's Opens in Woodbury

The newest location of Portillo's has opened in Woodbury. The opening of the restaurant's 50th location and first Minnesota restaurant was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by founder Dick Portillo, CEO Keith Kinsey, and Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens.

ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurant's Begins Construction of Second Location in Austin

In the up-and-coming east Austin area in Texas, ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants is building a new boutique hotel. Located on the corner of East 6th and Chicon St., this will be ARRIVE's second location. The new hotel will have 83 rooms and will open in the spring of 2019.

Meet Jim Mauer

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Jim Mauer was recently hired as the general manager of Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Miami.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as general manager of Mayfair Hotel & Spa?

Pinstack Announces Third North Texas Location

This fall, Allen, Texas, will have the third location of Pinstack—a 46,000-square-foot venue that will have 26 bowling lanes with lane-side food and beverage service.

The new location will offer a two-level laser tag arena, a rock-climbing wall and high-ropes court suspended 20 feet above hundreds of video games and simulators. There also will be a full-service restaurant and bar with a private dining area. The venue will have space for more than 1,400 people.

Cavalry Court Set to Open in November

Cavalry Court, a 141-room vintage-inspired hotel is set to open this November. It will be located in College Station’s newest community, Century Square. The 60-acre location is still in development but will offer retail, restaurants, entertainment, office space and apartments all within the Brazos Valley.

The design of Cavalry Court, a concept created by Valencia Group, is heavily inspired by the military aesthetic popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Developed by Rottet studio, the hotel is meant to feel traditional with a modern twist.

Environmentally Friendly Hotel Opens in Ohio

The Hotel Oberlin in Ohio, is leading the way in the hotel industry for creating environmentally sustainable hotels.

The standout hotel is the only one in the US to use solar, geothermal and radiant heating and cooling systems. It’s also one of only five hotels in the U.S. specifically designed for the LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. Developed by SMART Hotels, the hotel is managed by The Olympia Companies and owned by Oberlin College.

Winnebago County Sees Tourism Growth

Tourist spending in Rockford and Winnebago counties has continues to rise year after year—in 2015 it reached $349.91 million, a 3 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism.

"We are delighted to see such strong results again this year for the tourism economy in Winnebago County," says Roberta Holzwarth, board chair, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Sustained economic growth is crucial as we transform our region.”

How to Make Your Event a Trendsetting Media Darling

Getting media to your event takes more than sending a blanket press release with the same information to every journalist you can find on a list. It takes a personalized media pitch for each journalist—and an event that’s unique enough to earn coverage. We gathered 10 tips from PR gurus Karen Henry, owner of The PR Boutique in Houston, and Kellie McCrory, owner of MCA Public Relations in Dallas, on how to get the press to your event.

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