I was told by another Downtown restaurant that some of their eateries are also under construction. Apparently, they have been catering from other Downtown restaurants while their eateries are out of commission. Its the carport area you speak of that's not blocked by construction fencing. I doubt we will see them fill it in like Adolphus but it is time for them to do some healthy amount of renovation. Hotels are supposed to get renovations of some kind every 3-5 years depending on the owner.
Was just by the hotel on the DART rail yesterday. There are several signs in the north side alcove/lobby, most are pointers that tell you to go to the second floor to access Front Desk employees/assistance. The others were too small to read from the train, but there must be a lot going on the main Lobby area if they've had to move the Reception away.
My fraternity had its international convention in the hotel this weekend so I was onsite for a little bit. Yes, the reception check-in has moved to a meeting room on the second floor near the parking garage bridge for now. I did not see any renderings posted inside the hotel though with one of those "pardon our dust" type of signs. Maybe they are finally reworking the flow of the bottom level. Since this used to be a hotel and an office complex built in phases the ground level flow of space has been awkward for decades. Maybe we will get some rearrangement to make the lobby level and restaurant spaces work better for the new life of the hotel. I did see that DRAFT was completely torn out when I walked by their windows. It was down to the studs so it is definitely a significant redo since DRAFT was brand new when it was built out.
A fire broke out Friday morning in an elevator shaft being worked on at the hotel. DFD officials say that lubricants used in the shaft were ignited by a construction crew. Around 3000 people had to be evacuated.