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  • Writer's pictureSusan Dosier

#ClientWatch: The Asbury and The Dunhill Hotel In Uptown Charlotte Receive Coveted Awards

Updated: Sep 19, 2018

The accolades started coming on Sept. 28, 2017 when The Dunhill Hotel General Manager John Beatty accepted the national award for Best Small Historic Hotel/Inn (Under 75 Rooms) at the Historic Hotels Of America Awards of Excellence. He accepted the award in front of his fellow historic hotel peers at The Omni Homestead Hotel in Hot Springs, Va. Nineteen hotels from around the globe were recognized in various categories from a pool of more than 200 nominees.

On January 24, 2018, at the Charlotte Regional Visitor's Authority "Partners in Tourism" Awards, The Asbury was named Restaurant of the Year. John Beatty was named Hospitality Professional of the Year. John's dramatic increases in revenue, the roll out of a new digital advertising campaign, wins with media relations and social media, and the consistent customer service ratings and guest reviews gave his nomination the edge.

Two weeks later, in Raleigh, N.C. John Beatty and Executive Chef Matthew Krenz were in the spotlight again. This time, for the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association's Stars of the Industry Awards. Beatty accepted the award for Lodging Operator of the Year. You'll understand why when you hear his acceptance speech.

Krenz was recognized for his win as Chef of the Year. In the fall, he'd nailed the NC Chef's Showdown with a dazzling sweet potato side dish that felt and tasted suspiciously similar to an entree with its array of appealing textures and presentation. You can access Chef Krenz's acceptance speech, and the introduction by WRAL's Ken Smith here. (Below: L to R: John Beatty and wife Anne Beatty; Rachel Russell Krenz and Chef Matthew Krenz)

Susan Dosier of DK Communications Group, client story teller, (below) with clients John Beatty and Matthew Krenz at the NCRLA Stars of the Industry Awards in Raleigh.

The Asbury is considered one of the city's finest restaurants. The January 2018 issue of Charlotte Magazine ranked the Southern + Modern restaurant as the fifth best city in the out of 5o listings. The article by Kristen Wile cited Krenz's boutique beef ranch and his use of less-utilized ingredients in his fight against waste and march toward flavor. The Asbury is accessible through the hotel or at 235 North Tryon Street.

The Dunhill Hotel (lobby above) is Charlotte's only historic hotel. A 60-room venue built in 1929, the hotel is a popular wedding, business and leisure destination. The venue thrives as a gateway to the city's thriving art museums and galleries, live performances and cultural experiences. The hotel is located at 237 North Tryon Street.



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