In about a month, downtown Kamloops will be welcoming another new restaurant, as Cordo Resto + Bar will open in the refurbished Delta Kamloops.
The hotel at 540 Victoria Street (previously known as Hotel 540) has been closed since Nov. 1 as an $8-million, four-month makeover began.
When it opens in April, the Delta Kamloops will still be owned by the National Hospitality Group, but it will sport a brand new look, anchored by Cordo, which will replace the former Blue Dining + Lounge.
“The elements of Cordo will appeal to the savvy business traveller, couples and families on the go and those looking to enjoy a delectable, locally inspired meal set within a relaxed and inviting, yet intimately sophisticated atmosphere” said Delta Kamloops general manager Bryan Pilbeam.
Cordo will feature a contemporary 90-seat restaurant with expansive windows overlooking Victoria Street, a 25-seat wine bar, a grab-and-go nook serving Starbucks coffee, breakfast and lunch offerings and a private dining room that can seat up to 25 guests and features a fireplace surrounded by natural rock, large light-emitting windows, black-framed French doors and a 70-inch flat-screen TV for displaying presentations, photos, videos and more.
Carla Donnelly, the hotel’s director of food and beverage, said Cordo will combine classic cooking techniques with a modern approach incorporating fresh herbs, local produce, regional wines and house-made bitters and infused syrups within cocktails.
She said customers can expect to see the use of custom-milled woods, natural leathers and black metal accents throughout the restaurant along with the inclusion of unique art pieces that celebrate the surrounding region.
Meanwhile, work continues that will see a more open lobby, with many walls being removed.
The rooms above will have updated amenities, including new tile floors, new washrooms, 55-inch TVs and dreamcatchers made by a Kamloops artists hanging above the beds.
Part of the renovation will be the creation of a feature suite from a board room on the fifth floor, bumping the total number of rooms from 150 to 151.
The renovation will not include making changes to the rooftop pool, fitness centre or conference rooms.
The hotel last underwent a renovation in 2010 when it converted from an Executive Inn to the independent Hotel 540.
Once the renovations are complete and Delta Kamloops opens, National Hospitality Group will shift its focus to promoting the adjacent project at 580 Victoria St. — a six-storey office development planned on what is now a parking lot at the east end of the block.
The office building will feature a glass front and LEED Gold design and will include underground parking.
Last summer, the company completed another renovation on that block, converting the former Lake City Casino building adjacent to the hotel into the new home of KPMG. The casino vacated the space at 560 Victoria St. in 2015 and moved to Aberdeen.