A Look Inside the Dazzling Embassy Suites

My timing on articles in recent months has been thrown off by personal variables and, now, by a pandemic. I would normally post photographs from inside a new business just as it opens, but I missed that with the Embassy Suites Hotel on Gay Street. In March I met with Alpesh Patel to chat about […]

COVID-19: Business Updates with A Dopo, Embassy Suites, Tree and Vine and Citifid-o

This is part of an ongoing series checking in with downtown businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can find the other installments of this story here: Part 1 (Sapphire, An Anonymous Business, Emilia and Knox Mason), Part 2 (Tomato Head and the West Family Businesses) Brian Strutz with A Dopo Pizzeria “A Dopo closed on […]

CJ’s Tacos Opens at 507 South Gay Street

CJ’s Tacos, who many of you know from his taco tent or from Chris Jones’ food truck, has opened his first brick and mortar location inside Embassy Suites. A soft opening last weekend attracted lines as the word spread. He’s humbled and grateful for the journey he’s taken to get to this point. Born in […]

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa Opens Inside the Embassy Suites

Ami Patel, owner of Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa inside the Embassy Suites at 507 South Gay Street (enter through Union Avenue entrance), searched with her husband, Alpesh Patel, owner of the new downtown Embassy Suites, for businesses that were local or very different from currently available downtown options. On a trip to Asheville, the […]

K Brew Downtown Opens on Gay Street

In addition to the opening of the Embassy Suites at 507 South Gay Street last Thursday, a number of ancillary businesses opened at the same address. Alpesh Patel, Embassy Suites owner and developer, was very deliberate in bringing local or unique businesses to the hotel, making the prime downtown corner an attraction for locals as […]