We don’t blame you for wondering why you should care about a hotel renovation. Although the décor is being updated, the Charlotte Marriott City Center is doing much more than changing its color scheme. The hotel will be home to a not-to-be-missed new restaurant concept, Stoke, helmed by Charlotte chef Chris Coleman.
We got the inside scoop on what’s happening at the restaurant -- which just opened to the public, before the official hotel reopening on Oct. 11th. So grab a fork and pull up a chair at the bar; we’re happy to share our insider knowledge.
When I visited Stoke on a preview night, I quickly realized that this was not the traditional restaurant/bar experience previously seen in Charlotte.
“Charlotte has undergone dramatic growth over the past decade, and we are right in the middle of it all,” said Crissy Wright, Charlotte Marriott City Center's general manager. “We are breaking the mold of hotel design and we represent a whole new way of thinking.”
Stoke and Stoke Bar are meant to mirror that new way of thinking. The open-concept layout of Stoke and the adjacent Stoke Bar make guests forget that they’re actually in a hotel lobby.