Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

The Siegel Group Acquires the Artisan Hotel in Foreclosure, Las Vegas, Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV - January 18, 2010 - Garrett Capital LLC, an affiliate of The Siegel Group Nevada, Inc., a Commercial Real Estate & Business Development Company, today announced that it had foreclosed upon the Artisan Hotel; a 64 key boutique hotel situated on 1.35 acres after having recently acquired a promissory note secured by a First Deed of Trust from a mid-Western lender. Prior to the foreclosure, the property had been placed in bankruptcy by the former owners whose many problems with City, County, and Federal authorities had been widely reported on throughout local media channels. The Siegel Group has assumed operational control of the property which it will continue to operate utilizing the Artisan name and is committed to repositioning the property; quickly identifying and correcting long-standing operational issues that have recently negatively impacted the hotel’s reputation. The first order of business will be rebuild and maintain the loyal following the hotel has developed over the years and focus on implementing the superior customer service that is the touchstone of successful boutique hotels. The Siegel Group will be focusing much of its attention on correcting deferred maintenance issues and modernizing aspects of the hotel while expanding the amenities and services provided.

Located on West Sahara Avenue just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, The Artisan Hotel is one of the few true boutique hotels in the Las Vegas market and has developed a following among locals and boutique enthusiasts due to its eclectic design and hip, intimate atmosphere. The hotel which had received rave reviews over the years contains a popular bar-lounge, restaurant, wedding chapel and secluded pool and cabana area that provide an ideal venue for events and private parties which will be aggressively promoted and expanded under the new ownership. The Siegel Group will be looking to immediately hire qualified employees to help reposition the property and is one of the few local companies that has been consistently creating jobs during these challenging economic times as it continues to expand its portfolio.

Stephen Siegel, Founder and President of The Siegel Group states: “The Artisan is an extremely cool property and will compliment our existing boutique hotel collection currently comprised of the St Tropez Hotel scheduled to open April 2010 and located directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and The Resort on Mount Charleston. While many big-box providers in the Las Vegas market are trying to spin themselves as boutique hotels, our collection is representative of the true boutique hotels found throughout Los Angeles, New York and Miami which focus on providing exceptional style and service on an intimate scale. I look forward to expanding the visibility of the property and re-introducing this hidden treasure and showing people the incredible potential this property possesses.”

About The Siegel Group Nevada, Inc.
The Siegel Group, a Commercial Real Estate Investment & Business Development Company founded by Stephen Siegel with offices located in Las Vegas, Nevada and Studio City, California, specializes in the acquisition, disposition and development of under-performing, valued added real estate and businesses with significant turn-around potential. The company’s extensive expertise in the areas of operations, management, finance, marketing, branding, leasing, renovation, design, entitlements, construction, and redevelopment enable The Siegel Group to elicit an operational turnaround on the assets it acquires which include a variety of businesses and a commercial real estate portfolio comprised of multi-residential apartment complexes, extended-stay, boutique resorts, hotel-casinos, retail and office. The Siegel Group is actively seeking new investments and joint-venture opportunities with upside potential. For more information on The Siegel Group and its affiliates, visit the Company´s website at www.siegelcompanies.com.



To obtain further information regarding this release, please contact:
Michael Crandall
email: mcrandall@siegelcompanies.com
Phnre: (310) 597-9221.

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Food & Beverage: Going Casual
According to industry tracker PKF Hospitality Research, food and beverage sales represent the second- largest source of revenue for full-service hotels behind rooms. Given its financial importance, hotel operators are constantly adapting and evolving their F&B operations in order to remain current with industry trends and to meet (and exceed) guest expectations. Recent food developments which continue to proliferate include the farm-to-table movement; customized menus for those who are vegan, vegetarian, paleo or gluten-free; the appearance of smaller dishes on tasting menus; and creatively- prepared comfort foods served in more casual settings. In fact, there is a growing emphasis in the entire industry on more casual food operations. Customers are eschewing the typical breakfast-lunch- dinner/appetizer-entrée-dessert model in favor of "fast-casual" menus and service (think Panera, Chipotle or Cosi as examples). Even better if these menus are also available throughout the property, especially in social-gathering areas like the lobby, pool or bar. Some hotels are also experimenting with "pop-up" restaurants - a temporary dining option with edgy menus and design served in unexpected locations (like rooftops or lobbies) - as a way to keep things energetic and fresh. Another trend which applies to both food and wine is the option to purchase food and beverages in multiple sizes. Some operations are giving their customers the opportunity to choose - a three ounce pour of wine or a nine-ounce pour; a six-ounce filet or a twelve-ounce - the customers decide their portion size and pay accordingly. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document all these trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.