Mike Parsons from Hey Apathy completed some phenomenal stairwell artwork at 139 Northfield Drive in Waterloo.
TWH Social, the new Bar + Bistro at The Walper Hotel is having its Grand Opening on Saturday January 24th!
Be sure to check out this unique atmosphere and enjoy an incredible dish prepared by Chef Terry Salmond. Terry recently competed on Top Chef Canada and finished the season in second place. Be sure to get a sneak peak at the amazing menu at twhsocial.com.
This Bar + Bistro is a welcome addition to downtown with a 46 foot custom millwork bar, inviting dining room with antiqued mirror feature wall, and a party room large enough to host any dinner party or lunch meeting. Design features are showcased throughout the space including exposed reclaimed brick walls, intricate tile flooring and a custom wine display in the original bank vault. TWH Social is a new, modern Bar + Bistro, which pays tribute to the rich history of The Walper Hotel.
Downtown Kitchener is receiving a face-lift! The redevelopment of this historic center is turning heads and a key piece of the new landscape is Breithaupt Block – Building One. The skeleton of the building is now complete and the eye catching glass façade is starting. As Construction Manager, we’re at the center of this iconic build.
Changing the lobby “a no-brainer” says developer
Physical changes to the Walper Terrace Hotel, including a redesigned lobby, are on the horizon as part of a new ownership group’s redevelopment plans for the iconic brick building in downtown Kitchener.
The $4.6 million purchase of the Walper was announced earlier this week by a group including Perimeter Development Corporation, Zehr Group, David Strucke and CK Atlantis Ltd, a hotel management company.
Craig Beattie, a partner with Perimeter Development, and Don Zehr of Zehr Group appeared on The Morning Edition with Craig Norris on Friday.
While in the short term, Beattie said the plan is to get hotel operator CK Atlantis into the Walper to begin running day-to-day operations, there are big plans ahead in the long term.
“It’s going to be a vision that incorporates physical changes to the hotel. The lobby is going to be a no-brainer,” Beattie said, “Different marketing focus as well, branding and just a different approach to things. It’s going to be all-encompassing when the plan is finalized.”
The consortium will gather a design team over the next 6 to 8 months with redevelopment plans to begin next year, Beattie said.
That team will “start to master-plan the building going forward, and then start to prioritize what improvements we want to do starting sometime next year,” Beattie said.
Place to be seen
Zehr recounted a conversation that he had with Perimeter Development’s David Gibson about the Walper. “‘It was the place to be seen, the place to eat,'” Zehr recounted Gibson saying. “‘It was a different time, different place — but it would be very cool if you could bring back that history where people gather there.'”
“There is lots of opportunity to create an interesting bar-type environment as well,” said Zehr, adding that the
Barrister’s Lounge upstairs could be in for a rehaul. Zehr said that an increased focus on the development of Kitchener’s core, including the Region of Waterloo’s new courthouse and a growing number of technology workers at various downtown firms, makes the Walper a great choice for a rehaul.
A new ownership group plans to invest up to $3.5 million in the next few years to convert the historic Walper Hotel into an upscale boutique facility.
The group announced Wednesday that it has acquired the iconic red-brick hotel at the corner of King and Queen streets in a deal that closed Aug. 30.