Additionally, construction has begun on a 300-room hotel and luxury apartment development Downtown Minneapolis, and plans are in motion to open the first hotel in the Uptown area, validating and expanding Grave's neighborhood-centric, lifestyle-focused hospitality movement.
Recently, Benjamin's restaurant team opened Rival House in St.
Despite success in this market, Jim craved more in the way of creative satisfaction and decided to pursue higher-end projects.
The hotel earned prestigious inclusion in Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels issue, and its in-house restaurant, Bradstreet Craftshouse, was named in USA Today's 10 Best Hotel Bars in America.With the success of this Downtown Minneapolis icon, Graves Hospitality launched itself into a new age of hospitality.In this position, he identifies new hospitality development opportunities, analyzes their viability and leads the sourcing of debt and equity.Additionally, he oversees all of the company’s food and beverage operations, which consists of 12 restaurant outlets, 300 employees and over 80,000 square feet of F&B and event spaces.We are committed to working on projects that fuel our creative passions, in vibrant markets that excite and inspire, with people who we sincerely enjoy.
Unlike most hotel development and management companies who outsource their food and beverage outlets, GH is an unparalleled resource for creating, building and managing signature, award-winning restaurant and event spaces—both free standing and within hotels.
It's an adept understanding of demographic drivers and lifestyle trends that separate us from others.” As Chief Operating Officer, Benjamin guides concept innovation, design direction and management execution for Graves Hospitality.
With over 20 years of industry experience, he is renowned for launching a plethora of successful hotel, restaurant and commercial projects and expertly overseeing their management and growth.
Paul, Arthur's in northern Minnesota, Bradstreet Craftshouse in Minneapolis, Bucks in Chicago, and the Piedmont in Marquette, MI.
All are hallmark examples of Graves' savvy ability to create relevant concepts that combine a chef-driven menu and a multitude of beer and cocktail experiences within perfectly designed, expertly managed spaces.
In 2011, Benjamin opened Hotel Williamsburg, a stylish boutique hotel that became a model for the future of Brooklyn's hospitality industry.