Ironworks Hotel Indy Hires GM

By Tara Twigg, TV Producer
Inside Indiana Business
May 08, 2017

Ironworks Hotel Indy, the first boutique hotel on Indianapolis’ north side, has hired Amy Isbell-Williams as general manager. She will oversee all operations for the hotel. Isbell-Williams’ 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry will be instrumental in ensuring a successful grand opening this fall. With three hotel openings in Indiana already under her belt, Isbell-Williams’ brings a wealth of experience to her position that includes SpringHill Suites in Carmel, Holiday Inn Express in Terre Haute and Hyatt Place in Bloomington. As general manager of Ironworks Hotel Indy, her responsibilities will include recruiting and onboarding staff and managing employees, guests and the hotel’s profitability.

Isbell-Williams served as general manager for White Lodging Services, Dora Hotel Company and General Hotels Corp. In addition to managing three hotel openings for the hospitality businesses, Isbell-Williams also oversaw two full guestroom and lobby renovations. In 2013, Isbell-Williams was recognized as the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Newcomer of the Year.

In the coming months, nearly 40 people will be hired to staff the hotel, which does not include the retail space of the development.

Creator of Bru, Union 50 to open two new restaurants in Ironworks hotel

Ironworks Hotel Indy

By Scott Olson
IBJ Property Blogs
May 4, 2017

A local restaurateur whose eateries have helped transform the Mass Ave culinary scene is adding two more to his portfolio—both in the Ironworks hotel under construction near Keystone at the Crossing.

Ironworks hotel 250pxMike Cunningham and his Cunningham Restaurant Group will operate Rize and Provision in the $30 million, 120-room hotel that should be finished in early September.

Rize will be located in 2,000 square feet on the firs

t floor and will serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week, with a menu focused on “healthy, clean eating,” Cunningham said.

Provision will operate in 5,000 square feet on the second floor as an upscale lunch and dinner concept, he said. Cunningham will develop both menus from his test kitchen at Vida on East New York Street downtown.

Beloit, Wisconsin-based Hendricks Commercial Properties is developing the 100,000-square-foot hotel (see accompanying image) adjacent to its five-story, 120-unit mixed-use development that also bears the Ironworks name.

Hendricks is building the hotel on 5.3 acres where the former La-Z Boy building sat, directly west of the Ironworks apartment building along the south side of East 86th Street near Keystone Avenue.
Hendricks CEO Rob Gerbitz said he was formally introduced to Cunningham through Colliers International retail broker Alison Melton.

“I eat at a lot of his restaurants, and I like what he does,” he said. “We hit it off, and it seemed to make some sense.”

Hendricks also operates an Ironworks hotel in its hometown of Beloit and the Delafield Hotel in Delafield near Milwaukee. But at those hotels, Hendricks owns the restaurants, unlike the arrangement in Indianapolis.

“We were going to do that here,” Gerbitz said. “But after meeting with Mike, we thought this would be a really good fit and get a well-respected local operator in the Ironworks hotel.”

Daily room rates at the Ironworks hotel should run in the $180 range.

Besides Vida, Cunningham operates Bru Burger Bar, Mesh, Union 50 and Livery downtown, in addition to Bru Burger in Carmel and Plainfield, Boulder Creek Dining Co. in Brownsburg, Charbonos in Avon and Stone Creek Dining Co. in Greenwood, Noblesville, Plainfield and Zionsville.