Historic downtown McKinney companies, the Grand Hotel & Ballroom and Harvest, are being redeveloped as a part of tasks being undertaken by their proprietor, the Wells Group.
The Grand Hotel introduced a sequence of lately accomplished renovations on October 25, noting that the entire lodge’s 45 rooms have been restored and renovated. The renovations included new lighting, carpeting and paintwork in numerous rooms and components of the lodge and ballroom. The renovation targeted on reusing or revamping current furnishings, retaining historic parts that have been already current on the lodge, and mixing historic options with trendy conveniences, mentioned Rick Wells, co-founder of Wells Group.
“My design team and I carefully selected everything that went into the hotel, so we’re very careful about how we restore a building,” Wells mentioned
The decor additionally included art work that mirrored the area, primarily with art work by native North Texas artists, Wells mentioned.
Birds & Words, a furnishings retailer in McKinney Square, additionally contributed to the undertaking, together with renovating nightstands already in the rooms and making tables out of reclaimed wooden, Wells mentioned. The lodge additionally added vintage desks in 25 rooms to entice enterprise vacationers, Wells mentioned.
“Bringing this hotel to this level allows us to continue to march toward creating one of the premier cultural districts in the United States,” Wells mentioned.
Rick Wells and his spouse Robbin Wells have been a part of the Grand Hotel for years, with their lately renovated restaurant, Rick’s Chophouse at 107 N. Kentucky St., serving because the lodge’s meals and beverage companion. The Wells Group acquired the lodge property at 114 W. Louisiana St. in the summer time of 2021. Wells mentioned the lodge is essential to the expansion of downtown McKinney’s cultural district.
The Wells Group additionally acquired the Masonic Lodge constructing at 215 Kentucky Street to home its Harvest Seasonal Kitchen restaurant. Harvest is a seasonal farm-to-table restaurant at present positioned in McKinney Square. It will quickly be moved to the Masonic Lodge constructing, which is at present present process renovation. Wells expects the restaurant to transfer to its new location in late May 2023.
“We actually consider that … Harvest might be transferred to the Freemasons [Lodge] might be one other a type of feathers in our cap to maintain making an attempt to create an important cultural district, as a result of in the end that is what we’re making an attempt to obtain,” Wells mentioned.