Council Briefing: Marriott Hotel to be Sold; Swingers Grille to Reopen; Koos to Return

 The owner of the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at 201 Broadway Ave. in Uptown Normal plans to sell the development. (Image credit: Breanna Grow)

The owner of the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at 201 Broadway Ave. in Uptown Normal plans to sell the development. (Image credit: Breanna Grow)

Marriott Hotel to be Sold

The owner of the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal plans to sell the development, according to Town documents.

Town Council members Monday night approved the transfer of a redevelopment agreement between the hotel’s current and future owner.

The Town’s agreement with John Q. Hammons Hotels, the Springfield, Missouri company that built the Uptown hotel in 2009, will be transferred to new owner JDHQ Hotels, LLC, an affiliate of Alpharetta, Georgia’s Atrium Hospitality. The agreement grants the owner the remainder of a 60-year lease on the attached Carol A. Reitan Conference Center and parking deck.

Swingers Grille to Reopen

The shuttered Swingers Grille will reopen under new ownership at its original 1304 Cross Creek Drive location. The restaurant closed in January after 11 years in Normal due to a “steady decline of business and increasing costs,” according to Swingers’ Facebook page.

The Council granted Fine Eatz LLC, doing business as Swingers Grille, a Class D liquor license allowing the on-site consumption of all types of liquor. It’s unclear whether Fine Eatz LLC has any ties to previous Swingers ownership.  

Koos to Return by Month’s End

Town Communications Director Dan Irvin said Normal Mayor Chris Koos expects to return to work within the next two weeks. Koos took a leave of absence early this month to undergo cancer treatment, which included surgery.

Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Fritzen said Town staff reported that Koos is recovering well from the procedure. Fritzen assumed the role April 7, and will continue serving as mayor pro tem until Koos’ return.