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Denver Social Club LLC is an investment in The Clayton Social Club & Hotel. The Clayton is an upscale, members-only social club and 63-room independent boutique hotel with modern, first class, conveniences and services. The Property, originally the Inn at Cherry Creek, has undergone a dramatic renovation and addition. It features public amenities, including a ground floor restaurant, marketplace and lounge, as well as designated areas reserved for members and hotel guests, comprised of a full floor of club space with restaurant, a rooftop pool/lounge, and fitness center and spa. The Clayton, developed by BMC Investments, has a prime location in Cherry Creek North, Denver’s most prestigious neighborhood.
The Clayton Social Club & Hotel is the epitome of a classic local hot spot and that serves the needs of the discerning customer, functioning as an intersection between lodging, business, social, leisure and dining. A typical guest or member is part of the growing local community of social, creative, and business leaders as well as visitors to Denver that seek an authentic experience with amenities and services not currently available in the Denver market. Operationally, The Clayton is run side-by-side as both a membership club and hotel, with amenities and club facilities reserved for the exclusive use of members and hotel guests, while the ground floor food and beverage facilities ware be open to the public. The Clayton is being developed in partnership with Denver based BMC, Aparium Hotel Group, and CHM Warnick, creator of the Montage Hotel Group. In addition to our investor group, there are several Forbes 400-member families investing substantial equity into this project.
Over the past several years, the city of Denver has been in the midst of tremendous growth and the Cherry Creek area is its crown jewel. Due to the burgeoning tech and finance scene and strong local business community, as well as a temperate climate and close proximity to the mountains, Denver continues to be one of the most popular cities both young and older people are moving to in America. Cherry Creek, located three miles southeast of downtown Denver, features luxury retail, residential, and office space in its small three block by eight block radius. Since Cherry Creek is such a small area, land is scarce and valuable, so there is tremendous competition for the remaining sites in town. Cherry Creek is undergoing a significant transformation with over $1.5 billion in real estate investments into projects in the small area, further cementing its status as the most desirable location in Denver.
Construction of this project is anticipated to be completed in 2021.
Rochester Hotel LLC is an investment in an existing hotel designed in the 1960s that was rebranded and repositioned as a 173 room Hotel Indigo and attached to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The hotel is directly connected by both skyway and underground tunnel to the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota Rochester, and all that Rochester has to offer, including dining, retail and entertainment options. Hotel Indigo is part of the IHG Hotel Group that includes brands such as Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Kimpton, and Staybridge Suites. Hotel Indigo Rochester is the only full service IHG Hotel in downtown Rochester, therefore anyone looking to use their IHG points stays at the Hotel Indigo.
The renovation entailed a refresh of all rooms and bathrooms as well as a significant re-design of the hotel’s style in major public spaces. A tremendous amount of natural light was included in the designs to create a light and airy impression fully integrated with the city’s downtown. It also emphasizes the sidewalk and surrounding public streetscape, projecting a warmer and more welcoming presentation of the hotel to the neighborhood as well as flooding the common lobby and restaurant spaces with light. Crave American Kitchen and Sushi Bar occupies the indoor and outdoor restaurant space adjacent to the lobby. The outdoor dining space has a glass roof and walls that retracts in the summer for a very unique environment. Crave is an extremely well-known and highly regarded brand that provides a unique dining experience to the Rochester market.
Rochester’s main economic driver is the Mayo Clinic, which employs more than 32,000 people. The Clinic serves over half a million patients and the city of Rochester draws approximately two and a half million additional visitors each year, with patients visiting from over 100 countries worldwide. In 2013, the state of Minnesota signed into law the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Bill, which is designed to stimulate large increases in city employment and visitation through the substantial planned expansion of the Mayo Clinic and adjacent University of Minnesota campuses. The initiative intends to create 35,000-45,000 new jobs. Furthermore, the law supports projects to enhance Rochester’s sports and recreation, retail, dining, entertainment, arts and cultural offerings.
This hotel opened in January 2020.
Chicken Investors LLC is an investment in the Ampler Restaurant Group. Founded in 2016, Ampler is a quick service restaurant (QSR) platform that owns 347 restaurants made up of Burger King (81), Church’s Chicken (71), Little Caesars (111), and Taco Bell (84). The rapidly expanding company was awarded the 2019 Burger King Developer of the Year as well as the 2019 Church’s Chicken Franchise Growth Award. Ampler plans to continue their growth trajectory with a target of owning close to 1,000 restaurants by 2025, with a robust pipeline of stores across the four brands.
Since 2016, the team at Ampler and their financial partners have invested millions of dollars in purchasing their 347 restaurants and improving management and renovating tired stores. As a result, stores owned by Ampler have shown substantial improvement and profits. Additionally, by investing in four separate brands, their investment is diversified and reduces risk associated with just owning one brand.
QSR’s have historically outperformed in a recessionary environment. People are looking for more affordable ways to feed their families. Our team believes QSR’s are a smart place to invest and with an experienced management team and profitable stores.
This investment was made in June 2020.