Graves Hospitality pitches hotel at Lake & Emerson

Graves Hospitality is planning a boutique hotel at the southeast corner of Lake & Emerson, formerly Tadka Indian Bistro.

President Ben Graves said the hotel would include about 150 rooms and a ground-floor restaurant and bar. He said the building height is not finalized. Surface parking would stand behind the hotel and the venue would provide valet parking service.

Graves said he has a purchase agreement to buy property containing the former restaurant and surface parking behind and to the east of the restaurant building, contingent on city approval of the project.

“We’ve been trying to do a hotel in Uptown for many years,” Graves said. “It’s finally coming to fruition here, and we’re very excited about it.”

Graves partnered in 2006 on a proposed seven-story, 140-room hotel attached to early concepts for the Mozaic on Lagoon. Following the collapse of the condo market, revised plans dropped the hotel.

The new project is in early design stages, Graves said, and he expects to use materials like brick that will complement the neighborhood but stand apart from other Uptown housing projects.

“It will feel like more of a warehouse-type building than a super modern building,” he said.

Graves said he’s been encouraged by neighborhood feedback so far — residents often don’t have extra rooms to offer visitors, he said.

Pending city approval, the project would break ground next spring.