Last spring, Ryan Tarrant applied for a job with the new Hyatt Place nearing completion in downtown St. Petersburg. Among the questions an interviewer asked:What does this hotel need to succeed?”I said, you’ve got to be involved with the arts,” Tarrant recalls.
“You have to have craft beers. You have to have craft cocktails because the craft cocktail scene is really big here. You have to have local coffee.”That answer made an impression: Kolter Hospitality hired Tarrant as sales director of the 175-room hotel that opens Tuesday with craft beer on tap, a craft cocktail bar with outdoor seating and a meeting room named for the James Museum of Western Art right across the street. Locally made Black Crow coffee will be available as part of the hotel’s banquet services.