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Columbia's new boutique hotel shines

Gourmet food and custom art make The Broadway more than a place to crash

April 24, 2014 | 12:00 a.m. CST

“Ozark Dragon” graces the fireplace wall and greets guests as they enter the lobby of The Broadway. Photo by Sarah Rothberg

People don’t go to hotels for the art. They go for a conference, to crash after a crazy bachelorette party or to rest before day two of a road trip. And after staying at a few, the generic canvases begin to run together.


You’ve dined on The Broadway’s rooftop bar with its killer view, but the hotel has another tasty offering. Celebrating its grand opening on April 17, the hotel’s fine dining option, 11Eleven, is now open. The restaurant serves “modern world cuisine.”

Hours: Mon.–Thurs., 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Entrees range from $22 to 32

The Roof

Hours: Tues.–Sat., 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cocktails range from $9 to $12, small plates and desserts from $5 to $14
Contact: 875-7000

The Broadway just might change that.

The boutique hotel, which held its grand opening on April 3, is home to the work of eight Missouri artists who created art to specifically reflect Columbia. Murals, canvases and sculptures come together to quite literally paint a picture of the community.

Photographers Corey Ransberg and Chelsea Myers collaborated to craft an image that brings the view from the rooftop bar, aptly named The Roof, to life. Printed on metal to capture the glow of a fall sky in Columbia, the picture graces the desks and living rooms in each room at The Broadway.

“It’s a risk on their part to try and help local artists, but they took that plunge,” Ransberg says. “It would be great if more bigger businesses like that embraced local art, but hopefully this is the start of more.”

Jennifer Perlow spearheaded the project but was originally approached by the hotel to choose the art. Using her strong ties to the local and regional art scene, she sought out artists to create pieces specific to the hotel’s “space, vision, clientele and community.”

Perlow, former co-owner of PS Gallery and H & P Consultants and a working art consultant, says several artists took lower prices for their work because they believed in the project. It was also Perlow’s involvement that convinced photographer Amy Bruer to work with The Broadway.

Perlow had previously worked with Bruer and approached her to take some Columbia-centric photos. “I didn’t even know what it was, but I trusted her,” Bruer says.

Each artist contributed his or her own style to The Broadway. The hotel embraces the artists’ unique style from top to bottom, including the lobby’s “Ozark Dragon” fireplace sculpture and the rooftop murals that complement the skyline.

Dawson Morgan, who created the 14-foot ceramic installation in the private dining area, appreciated the effort made by the hotel.  

“We probably challenged them more, but it is a huge statement for where they’re trying to grow as a business,” Morgan says.

“I think Columbia is more proud of it because it has made an investment in us.”

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