New Hotel Restaurant Venture Still Under Wraps


KANSAS CITY, Mo. and CHICAGO – (July 18, 2016) – Arbor Lodging Partners, owner of the historic Hotel Phillips, has announced a partnership with DMK Restaurants to develop a brand new restaurant concept in Kansas City. DMK Restaurants, named one of Restaurant Hospitality’s “Coolest Multi-Concept Restaurant Companies” in 2014, is a Chicago-based hospitality company founded by industry veteran David Morton and five-time James Beard Award nominee Michael Kornick of mk.

“We like to dream big, and there’s no bigger dream than partnering with DMK Restaurants,” said Vamsi Bonthala, co-founder and CEO of Arbor Lodging Partners. “The vibrant nightlife and dining scene in Kansas City is ripe for a fresh new restaurant concept and we are thrilled to be part of this venture with a company the caliber of DMK Restaurants.”

Arbor Lodging Partners acquired Hotel Phillips in 2015. The art deco gem is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and will join Curio by Hilton – a collection of unique hotels in cities across the globe – in 2017. The partnership with DMK Restaurants marks the first time the companies have teamed up to develop a hotel restaurant. The restaurant concept will be revealed in the coming months.

“We have a passion for food and restaurants, and we’re excited to embark on our first hotel venture with Arbor Lodging Partners,” said David Morton, co-owner of DMK. “The dining experience we’re creating will have a timeless sensibility but a comfortable and approachable feel.  It will be a place to gather after work or celebrate with friends and family. With the spectacular Hotel Phillips as a backdrop, we can’t wait to introduce the concept to the people of Kansas City.”

Voted the city’s best boutique hotel by KC Magazine for two years in a row, Hotel Phillips is located in the heart of downtown and within minutes of the city’s arts and entertainment districts, For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.hotelphillips.com or call (877) 704-5341 or (816) 221-7000.


About Hotel Phillips

Hotel Phillips is Kansas City’s most historic and prestigious boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown. The hotel opened its doors in 1931 and today remains committed to unparalleled guest services and amenities to complement the hotel’s distinctive Great Gatsby art deco style. Featuring a beautiful and elegant lobby, spacious guest rooms and an award-winning restaurant, Hotel Phillips is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recognized in Southern Living, USA Today, Food & Wine and The Wall Street Journal. Visit www.hotelphillips.com or follow the Hotel Phillips on Facebook and Twitter.


About DMK Partners

David Morton and Michael Kornick established DMK Restaurants, based in Chicago, with a mission to redefine casual dining through their shared passion for quality, method, design, and hospitality — all at an unparalleled value. In 2009, Morton and Kornick opened their first DMK Burger Bar (now with locations in Lakeview, Soldier Field, Lombard, and Navy Pier), followed by Fish Bar in March 2011, Ada Street in March 2012, County Barbeque in July 2013, Henry’s in June 2014, and Rec Room in July 2015. Visit www.dmkrestaurants.com for more information.


About Arbor Lodging Partners

Arbor Lodging Partners is a Chicago-based national owner and operator of hotels. The company was founded in 2005 with the goal of uniting the best practices of enterprising hotel operators and sophisticated institutional investors to effectively underwrite and execute investments in the lodging space. Arbor Lodging Partners makes investments in hotels, acquires loans secured by hotels, and, through its affiliate NVN Hotels, and manages operations for its own hotels and those owned by third-parties. A leading hotel management company with a range of services, NVN Hotels has been designated one of the nation’s top hotel companies in 2015 by Hotel Management Magazine. To learn more about Arbor Lodging Partners visit http://www.arborlodging.com. To learn more about NVN Hotels, visit http://www.nvnhotels.com.


Media Contact:

Beth Strautz

for Hotel Phillips

(773) 895-5387



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