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Ellen Ruane New GM of Hilton Long Island - Huntington

June 28, 2011 - The Dow Hotel Company, LLC (DHC), a hotel ownership investment and management company, today announced that Ellen Ruane has been named general manager of the company’s 304-room Hilton Long Island/Huntington in suburban Long Island, owned by a joint venture between New Jersey-based Prudential Real Estate Investors and DHC.

“Ellen has a wide range of experience in the hospitality industry, which will be a great asset to the Hilton,” said Murray Dow, chief executive officer of The Dow Hotel Company. “The Hilton Long Island - Huntington has one of the area’s largest meeting facilities, which means we will attract groups from around the world. Her depth of experience will help the hotel to expand its leadership position in the market.” Ruane managed several properties, including the Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, VA; the North Maple Inn, Basking Ridge, NJ; and The Forrestal at Princeton, Princeton, NJ.

Ruane earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Montclair State University in Monclair, NJ with a major in Political Science.

Located at 598 Broad Hollow Rd., in the heart of Melville’s business district on the Route 110 corridor, the property is just 45 minutes from JFK airport, with easy proximity to New York City and the Hamptons. The full-service hotel features several resort amenities, including both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and tennis courts, as well as two restaurants and 26,000 square feet of meeting space.

Founded in 1997, Seattle-based The Dow Hotel Company is a hotel owner/investor and operator of 12 first-class, full-service hotels with properties throughout the United States. The company’s portfolio of owned and managed properties consists of institutional-grade hotels, under such brands as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Sheraton, and Crowne Plaza. The company aggressively seeks to acquire, co-invest with joint venture partners and/or manage mid- to large-size, first-class, full-service hotels, especially those with extensive food and beverage capabilities.

The company currently operates food and beverage facilities around the nation, ranging from casual dining to upscale, bars/lounges with Starbuck and Tully’s coffee outlets. In addition to Basil’s Kitchen, the division’s proprietary restaurant concepts include SunSpot, BC Bistro, and Basil’s Bistro.

Coming Up In The August Online Hotel Business Review


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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.