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Renaissance Opening
By Brian Trauring | 


It’s hard to miss. The hotel that towers over the Maumee River in downtown Toledo has been revamped and remade with new facilities and a new attitude. The design shouts Toledo with home town touches from the elevators to decorations and Toledo’s ties to glass manufacturing. Finally, after nearly two years of work, the doors are about to re-open.

The Renaissance Hotel opens quietly at 1:00pm on Wednesday after a $30 million upgrade. It is part of a wave of investment in downtown Toledo and will include two new restaurants and employ 200 people.

There will be no ribbon-cutting ceremony The hotel features two restaurants. The Heights provides a spectacular view of downtown Toledo from the 12th floor and should be open within two weeks. The Brim House is a trendy restaurant with a social atmosphere and opens Wednesday. Both are under the direction of chef Aaron Lawson who is a Toledo native.

A nearby neighbor, the new ProMedica headquarters will also see activity this week as employees begin to move in. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for that project is planned for August 31.