Although The Wick has been providing lodging and dining for a few months now, and its little electric vehicle has been seen on Warren Street for the past few weeks shuttling guests to restaurants and other locations, the hotel's official grand opening took place this morning. Dignitaries were on hand to congratulate the Redburn Development partners, Tom Rossi and John Blackburn, on their successful restoration and adaptive reuse of the mid-19th century industrial building that started life as a candle and soap manufactory. First, there were the speeches; then, there was the ribbon cutting.
When the ceremony was over and people headed into the lobby for refreshments, I decided to snap a picture of this: a discreet plaque beside the door that marks The Wick as a Tribute Portfolio hotel.
Some people insist on calling The Wick a "chain hotel" because of this designation, conjuring up visions of garish formula signage--maybe even neon--but this is it.
For those of us old enough to remember, it's a little like the Duncan Hines plaques that marked restaurants where travelers could get a decent meal back in the 1950s, before there were such things as national chains or Zagat guides.
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