The Hynes Convention Center is the best-located convention facility in the United States, positioned right in the heart of Boston’s bustling Back Bay neighborhood. In order to capitalize on this, we have been working on a strategic repositioning of the Hynes, which includes forward-thinking initiatives to take advantage of the rich history, ideal location, and distinctiveness of the facility. These repositioning efforts will include physical improvements to the Hynes spaces, focusing on international appeal and customizable public spaces, as well as upgraded state-of-the-art technology.
In order to kick-off these efforts, we started with a $12 million, four-phase kitchen modernization and expansion project, which is just about complete. In fact, Levy Restaurants, our award-winning food services provider, was recently able to occupy the new kitchen and they couldn’t be happier with their improved cooking space!
The redeveloped kitchen includes a 1,000 square-foot expansion, doubling our cold storage capacity, a new beverage cooling storage system, and new high capacity coffee and hot water production stations, among other improvements. The renovation will allow us to serve our guests more efficiently while also improving upon our already fantastic quality of food. We can now offer an even better experience to clients, not to mention the expansion will give our hard-working chefs a bit of extra breathing room and prep space!
There was one particularly challenging aspect to the kitchen renovation project - we still had many events to host (and feed) at the Hynes as this major construction project was taking place, and we had no intention of delivering anything less than the award-winning food services we are known for, despite the renovation. Fennick McCredie Architecture along with Crabtree & McGrath food service consultants assessed our current use of kitchen space and developed a plan to renovate and redesign it for increased productivity and better quality. They also assisted Levy in keeping the kitchen running full steam throughout construction.
With a lot of hard work put in over the last two years of this project, we are all very excited to begin using our new Hynes kitchen to better serve our guests.