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Sonder Hotel with Japanese restaurant rising to RiNo

A rendering of the new Sonder Hotel under construction at RiNo. (Courtesy of Magnetic Capital/Narrate Cos.)

A small new hotel is under construction in RiNo, and is expected to be anchored by a Japanese fusion restaurant with a Spanish name.

Denver-based companies Magnetic Capital, led by Dan Huml, and Narrate Cos., led by Adam Fenton, opened a three-story, 23-unit building last month at 3354 Larimer St., which is leased by San Francisco. Survey.

Dan Huml

Dan Huml

Adam Fenton

Adam Fenton

Huml and Fenton bought the 0.27 acre lot, which once housed an industrial building, for $2.2 million in May 2019. They said they signed the lease with Sonder in November.

“We really liked Sonder’s approach, technology and plans for growth,” Huml said.

The building will also have a 5,600 square foot dining space on the ground floor, which has been leased to Salvaje, a restaurant born in Panama City that has since expanded to other markets such as Paris and Bogota, and which made its debut in the United States. in Miami in early 2021. Menu items include grilled and teriyaki-glazed lamb shank, tandoori chicken on a stick and truffle fried rice with roast duck, according to the Miami New Times.

“Salvaje is where the tradition and mysticism of Japanese cuisine get washed away with flavors and techniques from places around the world,” the restaurant said in a statement to BusinessDen, promising handcrafted cocktails and “an incredible and eclectic atmosphere.

The restaurant, whose name means “wild” in Spanish, also has locations in the works in Dallas, Houston and Atlanta.

Leasing talks are underway for a second 672 square foot retail space in the building, Huml said.

Sonder — which operates in more than 30 cities around the world — rents out some or all of what are essentially apartment buildings, then rents out the units for as little as one night. Buildings typically don’t have on-site staff, giving them the feel of an Airbnb. In Denver, the business obtains a hotel license instead of Airbnbs’ typical short-term rental license, which means the business does not need to comply with the “primary residence” requirement. ” of the last.

Sonder Restaurant

The interior of a Salvaje restaurant. (Courtesy of Salvaje)

Sonder already operates two locations in LoHi and one near the University of Denver, where the company leases part of a large apartment complex.

Sonder’s first hotel in Denver opened in 2019 at 630 E. 16th Ave., a former hostel building. But the company ceased its activities there.

“Among other factors, this building had historic landmark status, which meant that improvements to the property were difficult to make,” Sonder spokeswoman Fiona Story said.

Huml and Fenton said they bought the Larimer Street property with an operator like Sonder in mind, but made sure the project would be designed as an apartment building in case the hotel component didn’t work. This has minimized concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, which has thrown a wrench in the hospitality industry.

“At the end of the day, we knew we had the fallback plan because we were building it into apartments,” Fenton said.

Fenton said the hotel’s use required slightly different design standards than a typical apartment building, but that these changes – including wider exit stairs and different exit locations – did not did not necessarily add significant costs because they were part of the design process from the start. Renovating an existing building for hotel use would have been potentially more complicated.

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Another render of the new Sonder Hotel.

“If you build it in at the start of the project, in the design, it’s really not an additional cost…so it makes sense for them (Sonder) to do deals that are new builds,” he said. declared.

The building, which the couple hopes to complete next March, will feature one- and two-bedroom units, averaging 695 square feet.

Sonder isn’t done expanding in Denver. Local developer Mike Mathieson, who developed one of Sonder’s LoHi sites, proposed a second project for the company at 2534 18th St. in LoHi in late 2019. Mathieson told BusinessDen on Wednesday that he hopes to innovate on the project, which will have approximately 118 units, in the fourth quarter.

Additionally, a local Sonder executive told BusinessDen in 2019 that the company would operate in a development encompassing a full city block in Jefferson Park. Denver-based Grand Peaks kicked off this project last fall.

RiNo is already home to a handful of traditional hotels with on-site staff, including The Ramble Hotel, The Source Hotel, and Catbird Hotel; a Vib Best Western is expected to open soon along Brighton Boulevard.

Other companies like Sonder that operate in Denver include Mint House (one location in LoDo), The Guild (one in LoHi), and Kasa (locations in Riverfront Park, West Colfax, and LoHi).