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Alex Pelayo Appointed Food and Beverage Director of Hotel Granduca Austin

AUSTIN, TX. April 10, 2017 – Hotel Granduca Austin is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Pelayo as Food and Beverage Director of Hotel Granduca Austin. In his role, Pelayo will ensure the quality of guest dining experience and oversee all day-to-day food and beverage operations.

“We are excited to have such a talented individual join the Hotel Granduca Austin team who not only brings years of expertise, but a passion for the industry,” said Larry Bundy, general manager of Hotel Granduca Austin. “We are confident he will continue our tradition of offering an exceptional dining experience to our guests.”

Prior to Hotel Granduca Austin, Pelayo served as Food and Beverage Director for Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge, where he oversaw the entire food and beverage department. Previously, Pelayo worked as Food and Beverage Manager for Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC. Educated in hospitality management at Kendall College in Chicago, Pelayo boasts over 10 years of experience in the food and beverage industry.

For more information, call (512) 306-6400 or visit granducaaustin.com.

About Granduca Austin

Hotel Granduca Austin is the newest member of the Houston­ based hospitality group, Granduca Hotels by Giorgio Borlenghi. A joint venture between The Interfin Companies, LP and Riverside Resources of Austin, the luxurious 9-story hotel sits atop a breathtaking hill on S. Capital of Texas Hwy near Bee Cave Rd. in Westlake, just a short drive from downtown. The Tuscan-inspired boutique hotel features 194 rooms and suites and 6,650 square feet of meetings and events space. Additionally, Hotel Granduca Austin offers a variety of amenities including original artwork curated from Europe, a billiard room, fitness center, pool, sauna, massage rooms and chauffeur service. The hotel is a member of the prestigious organization, The Leading Hotels of the World, and is the only hotel in Austin with this distinction. For more information, call (512) 306-6400 or visit granducaaustin.com.

Contact:
Carrie Hellinger | Rachel Wilson
granducaaustin@giantnoise.com
512-382-9017

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