YORKVILLE – The ribbon cutting for a new hotel that will soon open in Yorkville has been postponed to early next month.
Sherri Farley, executive director for Yorkville Chamber of Commerce, said in a Monday, Nov. 18 email that the grand opening event for the Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel has been postponed from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 for the open house portion of the event. She said the ribbon cutting will be scheduled for 3 p.m. that day.
"We’ve just been notified that the Holiday Inn’s elevators won’t be certified until next week," Farley said in a Monday, Nov. 18 email.
The update comes after Lynn Dubajic, economic development consultant for Yorkville, had said during the city's Nov. 5 economic development committee meeting that she wanted to remind everyone to mark their calendars for the event.
"It's [going to] be a big day for us," Dubajic had said.
The hotel is located at 577 E. Kendall Drive, just north of the NCG Cinema, in the Kendall Crossing business park.
City economic development officials had announced in July 2017 the hotel would indeed be a Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Officials also had announced hotel project developer Sonny Shah of Kendall Hospitality LLC received approval from the Holiday Inn Express parent corporation for the franchise.
The hotel broke ground a month after the announcement.
The four-story hotel will feature more than 90 rooms, including some suites. An adjacent 12,000-square-foot banquet facility named The Opal Banquet and Event Center is set to open the following summer.
Other nearby projects within the Kendall Crossing business park set to open within the year include Burnt Barrel Social, a new local gathering place that sells food and small batch whiskey owned by Yorkville resident Matt Strong, with its anticipated opening date being at the end of this month, according to Dubajic. The Hacienda Real Mexican restaurant is set to open in January.