ATLANTA (CBS46) – If you’ve been spending a lot of time downtown lately, you’ve probably noticed that several high-rise buildings are under construction. Like most of them, construction on the luxury Epicurean Atlanta hotel started before the start of the pandemic.
Epicurean opened to the public on Thursday as daily COVID-19 cases in Georgia began to drop another peak.
Hiring employees during a pandemic has not been easy, admitted hotel general manager Marc Bauer.
“However, we do benefit from the shiny new thing on the block,” Bauer said.
Epicurean Atlanta, the only downtown food and wine centric hotel, is a member of Marriott International’s autograph collection and the second location of the Epicurean Hotel brand, a collaboration between Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House in Tampa.
His reception is inside his signature restaurant called the Reverence, which has an open kitchen and features Executive Chef Ewart Wardhaugh wearing a microphone and describing to guests how he’s getting ready for the next meal.
“The point of this is to make sure that we hit you with a ‘bam’ and a ‘Wow, this is really a different hotel,'” said Bauer.
He said when COVID cases are low again, the restaurant will invite guests on kitchen tours.
Unique dining experiences are at every turn from its poolside restaurant called Aerial Kitchen & Bar to its theater-style culinary classroom called the Epicurean Theater.
“I describe this as ‘Live Food Network’,” said Tom Haines, vice president of operations at Mainsail Lodging & Development. “You can watch TV at home, and there’s all these cooking shows, and you can never taste or smell or touch the food. Well, you can come here and be a part of the action.”
“This hotel is so unique. It wasn’t just any hotel I wanted to work for. It was this one, ”said Gai Spann.
Before the pandemic, Spann owned a travel agency for 16 years.
“When COVID hit, it all stopped,” she said.
During the downtime, she earned her masters degree, and now she’s the front desk supervisor at Epicurean Atlanta. She believes the travel industry is recovering.
“People can’t wait to come back there,” Spann said. “There is a huge pent-up demand.
Epicurean Atlanta is always looking for employees to fill a variety of positions. Click here for more information.