Apparently responding to customers’ needs for a meal on the run or a snack to stash for later, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is working on a lobby “grab and go” food station.
Plans show potential build-out for a market and coffee area in 4,000 square feet, which includes upgrades to the buffet and kitchen.
The location would be next to the dining room near the elevators for the ease of guests.
The hotel isn’t talking about it yet.
“We look forward to sharing details when they are finalized,” said spokesman Joe Wolf, a senior account executive in strategic communications with Dalton Agency.
Such amenities are common in many hotels, including the Hyatt Place brand, where the 24/7 Gallery Market offers packaged salads, sandwiches, pastries, cookies, beverages and other options.
No contractor is listed for the $624,292 project at the Downtown hotel at 225 Coastline Drive.
The architect is Jonathan Nehmer + Associates Inc. in Rockville, Md. The company declined comment.
For a look at what to expect, consider that the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis features a Market, for “when you’re on the go and don’t want to sacrifice quality,” says the hotel’s website.
The hotel site says the lobby-level Market features “quick, yet satisfying menu options in a seasonal, deli-style concept,” along with snacks and Starbucks coffee and other beverages.
That Market is open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Food prices were listed at $8 and below.
Breakfast items include pastries, oatmeal, English muffin sandwiches, egg bakes and more.
All-day food choices include sandwiches and wraps, salads, soups, pizza and sides, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
There also are snacks like cookies and jerky.
When the Grand Hyatt New York announced in April 2010 what it called the “innovative grab-and-go restaurant concept,” it called it a reinvention of room service.
While the hotel would continue to offer traditional room service, the new experience would cater to the changing needs of travelers as well as visitors looking for more food choices.
A Hyatt executive said in that news release that with competitive pricing based on local markets rather than room service, “Market will not only be accessible, but affordable.”
Zoës closer to Mandarin presence
Zoës Kitchen is closing in on taking over the former Cabana Grill at 10422 San Jose Blvd., next to Chick-fil-A.
The city issued the sign permit as well as permits for mechanical, electrical and plumbing work.
The structure was developed in 2014 for Cabana Grill, which opened late that year but closed about a year later.
The city approved a permit Wednesday for Buffalo Construction Inc. to build-out 3,551 square feet of space for Zoës Kitchen in the existing restaurant.
A Certificate of Use application states a seating capacity of 100.
Village Bread moving along Philips Highway
Village Bread Café appears to be moving a short distance from 5215 Philips Highway to 4073 Philips Highway.
A pending building permit application shows the breakfast-lunch café will lease almost 4,600 square feet in Central Park East.
Village Bread operates three restaurants. They are in Mandarin at 10111 San Jose Blvd., along Philips Highway and Downtown in the Jacksonville Landing.
The Landing location is open Monday-Friday, while the others are open seven days a week.
It also has a wholesale bakery, Village Bread & Bagels Inc., at 3044 Mercury Road, where it makes items including bagels, dinner rolls, focaccia and wholesale pastries.
Village Bread did not comment about the move, but it appears that parking challenges at the Philips Highway location could be one factor.
Ward building home in San Marco
CSX Corp. CEO Michael Ward, who announced his retirement effective May 31, will have a new San Marco home to work on.
The city issued a permit Feb. 24 for Cabrillo Construction and Development to build the $3.7 million house for Ward and Jennifer Glock at 1930 River Road.
The more than 7,000-square-foot two-story house includes 1,634 square feet of unenclosed space.
Sign on the way for Southeastern Grocers
The city approved a permit for a monument sign that will feature Southeastern Grocers, which has moved its headquarters to the Prominence office park in Baymeadows.
Heritage Signs is the contractor for the sign, at a project cost of $35,850, at 8805 Prominence Parkway.
The permit says the sign will include panels for other tenants.