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Mr. Karpinski

Peter Karpinski

Partner, Sage Hospitality

Peter Karpinski is the creative entrepreneurial force behind both Sage Restaurant Group and Sage Hospitality. SRG is a successful Denver-based enterprise developing independent restaurants that break the mold of traditional hotel dining, while Sage Hospitality is one of the country's largest hotel management and development companies with a specialization in lifestyle and luxury properties. Through Mr. Karpinski's bold thought leadership, he has launched eleven award-winning Sage Restaurant Group concepts, all located adjacent to Sage Hospitality properties. In both roles, Mr. Karpinski leads lifestyle-focused real estate development projects and curates overall brand development, ownership, and management platforms. His entrepreneurship, unrivaled hospitality experience, and business ethics intertwine and pave the way for the continued growth of each company. With plans to duplicate core brands and launch new, unique concepts, 2017 promises to be Sage's most significant year yet. Mr. Karpinski will help lead the company's Dairy Block project in downtown Denver, introducing a full city block redevelopment featuring The Maven, a new urban upscale hotel brand, a second location of Kachina Southwestern Grill, a new bar called Poka Lola Social Club, and Class A office and retail space. Denver will also welcome a fourth location of SRG's modern steakhouse brand, Urban Farmer. Additionally, Mr. Karpinski and his team will launch two highly anticipated concepts in 2017; Bower Bird Coffee, and The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market in the Fort Collins, CO and Savannah, GA markets. Most recently, he opened the award-winning Halcyon Hotel and second location of Departure restaurant in Denver to rave reviews.   An alum of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Karpinski has gained national praise from prominent hospitality-based publications such as Food & Wine's “40 Big Food Thinkers, 40 and Under,” Nation's Restaurant News' “Power List”, and Restaurant Hospitality. Mr. Karpinski has also been recognized by influential business media including Forbes, Market Watch, CNN Money, and Denver Business Journal's “40 Under 40 Top Business Professionals”, and has appeared on Food Network's “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell”.

Mr. Karpinski can be contacted at 303-405-8394 or peter.karpinski@sagerestaurantgroup.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.