PORTLAND, Maine – Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland, Maine recently hosted the Grand Opening of their new in-house restaurant, Waypoint. In attendance for the ribbon cutting celebration were ownership representative from KTB Hospitality, Roger Beaulieu and wife Jane Gagne, along with several executives from Emerald Hospitality, the property’s management company based out of Ohio.
The new restaurant and bar boasts 100+ seats total in the modern urban edge dining area as well as in the Hotel’s recently renovated atrium and private garden patio. Offering a diverse selection of American style fare, Waypoint’s menu provides guests with a true Maine experience, catering to those stopping by for business and/or leisure. From seafood to “Deli Destinations,” pizza, burgers, and steak (all moderately priced), guests will discover this travel themed dining experience to be one of the best values just outside of the Old Port.
“Why Waypoint? Well, by definition, a waypoint is a stopping place along a journey,” said Scott McKenney, General Manager of Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland. “It only seemed appropriate given the property’s central location to all things travel related.” Being the most convenient to the Portland International Jetport, just off of two major highways, and only a few miles from the Transportation Center as well as Portland’s bustling Old Port District, travelers have long made Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland one of their waypoints over the years. The new restaurant will not only provide these frequent travelers with a refreshing new menu, but it will also attract those newcomers who have not yet discovered this hidden gem in Portland.
McKenney says that the restaurant is both family friendly and business oriented. “Kids receive a retro 3D Viewfinder as their menu and there is even a giant world map mounted on the wall with magnetic pins for them to mark where they’re from or perhaps their next waypoint,” McKenney added. At the same time the menu attracts working professionals from near and far. Not only can business professionals host meetings catered onsite in one of Embassy Suites’ function spaces, Waypoint now offers offsite catering options to neighboring businesses.
One unique advantage to Waypoint is the ability for local patrons to earn Hilton Honors points. “Now, anyone who dines at Waypoint, even if they’re not a guest of the hotel, can earn Hilton Honors points – this is a game changer,” said McKenney.