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Mr. Krapp

Kevin Krapp

Area Director — Atlanta, The Indigo Road Hospitality Group

Born in Charleston, SC, Kevin Krapp has spent much of his life on the Southeastern coast. Hailing from Hilton Head Island and Columbia SC, Mr. Krapp relocated to Atlanta as a teen where he began working in the restaurant industry as a server. After moving back to Charleston for college, he began his fine dining career as a server at Blossom Cafe where he learned the finer skills of serving others.

Mr. Krapp went on to pursue a serving position with Charleston's Peninsula Grill, noting it was here where he was first encouraged to start managing as he learned more about the hospitality side of the business. "Peninsula Grill was different than any other fine dining restaurants I'd worked in," said Mr. Krapp. "It was here that I learned how hospitality went far beyond great food, wine and service."

After graduating from the College of Charleston Mr. Krapp moved back to Georgia in 2000. He began his management career with the Sedgwick Restaurant Group at Van Gogh's, he then joined the team at the Atlanta institution, Bone's Steakhouse. Mr. Krapp credits his time at Bone's as the biggest influence on his management career. After a brief hiatus from restaurant management, he rejoined the industry as the Assistant General Manager at Del Frisco's Grille for its Atlanta opening in 2012.

Soon after, Mr. Krapp connected with his friend Steve Palmer, of the Indigo Road Hospitality Group. Mr. Palmer was opening Oak Steakhouse in Atlanta and Kevin was brought in to serve as the restaurant's opening General Manager - he has been with The Indigo Road ever since.

Most recently, Mr. Krapp served as Director of Operations for the hospitality group's two concepts in Alpharetta's Avalon before taking the reins in early 2019 as the Area Director of Operations for Georgia, overseeing operations for all six of Indigo Road's Georgia concepts - Oak Steakhouse, Colletta, O-Ku, Tiny Lou's at The Hotel Clermont, Sukoshi and Donetto.

Please visit http://www.theindigoroad.com/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinkrapp/

Mr. Krapp can be contacted at +1 678-571-1632 or kkrapp@theindigoroad.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.