San Francisco-based hospitality company, PlumpJack Group, along with Meriwether Companies, a real estate development and investment firm, have completed the acquisition of Ingleside Inn and Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge in Palm Springs, Calif. The 30-room Palm Springs Historic Landmark and iconic restaurant are PlumpJack Group’s first properties in Southern California, joining a growing collection of award-winning boutique hotels, wineries, restaurants, bars and retail. PlumpJack Group assumed management in January 2017.
Balancing authenticity with luxury, modern amenities and guest comfort, PlumpJack Group projects a comprehensive revitalization for Ingleside Inn with rolling renovations beginning Q2 2017. The new ownership and management plans to polish the storied Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge while preserving its identity, ushering the celebrated Palm Springs establishment into the present day and paying homage to longtime owner and one of the Coachella Valley’s most iconic personalities, the late Melvyn Haber.
“PlumpJack Group is invested in Ingleside Inn with our head and our hearts. Similar to Mel’s philosophy, why we do what we do is about providing genuine hospitality and personalized guest service,” said Hilary Newsom, president and partner, PlumpJack Group. “We are dedicated to the Palm Springs community and to honoring the historic integrity and beloved character of Melvyn’s Restaurant while elevating the one-of-a-kind hospitality experience for guests of the Inn.”
“My father’s heart, soul and spirit will always remain at Melvyn’s Restaurant and Ingleside Inn,” said Melvyn Haber’s daughter, Autumn Haber. “PlumpJack Group and Meriwether Companies truly appreciate and understand the property’s inherent charm, its essence and history, and I am grateful they plan to continue his legacy.”
Built in the 1920s, Ingleside Inn was purchased by Haber, a New York businessman, in 1975. Following a complete renovation and the addition of Melvyn’s Restaurant, the Spanish-style desert hideaway became a setting for the brightest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, leaders in the entertainment industry and political power players. Ingleside Inn and Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge count Frank Sinatra, Greta Garbo, Liza Minnelli, Howard Hughes and Lucille Ball among notable guests.
Quiet and secluded, located far enough away from the everyday yet just steps away from the heart of Palm Springs, Calif., Ingleside Inn is timeless luxury and old Hollywood glamour across an acre of well-manicured grounds. The property is comprised of 30 suites and villas, outdoor swimming pool, meetings & event spaces, and fine dining at the world-famous Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge.
Ingleside Inn is the latest joint venture asset between PlumpJack Group and Meriwether Companies, a Colorado-based real estate and investment firm. The two companies have previously collaborated on projects in Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and Carmel, Calif.
“We have found a likeminded partner in PlumpJack Group; one who is equally passionate about their team, the local community and delivering a meaningful guest experience,” said Graham Culp, partner, Meriwether Companies. “Ingleside Inn and Melvyn’s Restaurant are true testaments to Palm Springs’ history and culture, and we look forward to collaborating with PlumpJack Group on this exceptional project.”
Renovations to Ingleside Inn are projected for completion in late 2017.
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PlumpJack Group is a hospitality management company dedicated to creating unique individual experiences for its guests. Its portfolio includes award-winning wineries, acclaimed restaurants, nightclubs, bars, retail stores, catering services, and boutique hotels. PlumpJack Group began in 1992 when partner, former San Francisco mayor and current Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom founded the first PlumpJack Wine Store on Fillmore Street with the goal of making the experience of wine discovery more fun and approachable for all customers – the connoisseur and the uninitiated alike. More than two decades later, under the leadership of Hilary Newsom and Jeremy Scherer, PlumpJack Group has established itself as the signature Northern California lifestyle and hospitality brand.
Meriwether is a multidiscipline real estate development and investment firm focused on private club, distinctive residential and hospitality projects located in resort communities and select urban settings. Meriwether’s partnership group has over 50 years and $2 billion of collective real estate development and operating experience. Meriwether’s capabilities and unique approach have allowed the company to quickly grow into one of the premier resort development firms in the Western United States with projects located in Telluride, Breckenridge, Eagle and Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Rancho Mirage, California; Park City, Utah; Fredericksburg, Texas; Big Sky, Montana; and Costa Rica. For more information, please visit www.meriwetherco.com.