Seward Hospitality Group Earns Inc. 5000 Award
The Van Gilder Hotel is one of Seward Hospitality Group’s holdings
Charles Elliott Jackson, Jr. and Toni L. Strauss, owners of the Seward Hospitality Group (ZPA LLC), were recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States for 2018 with an Inc. 5000 award in San Antonio, Texas. Inc. is an American weekly magazine which publishes about small businesses and startups. The magazine publishes annual lists of the 5000 fastest-growing privately held small companies in the US, called the “Inc. 5000”.
ZPA LLC ranked number 2933 of the fastest growing organizations in the United States, showing 139 percent revenue growth from 2014 to 2017 . The company is located in Seward, Alaska and is comprised of three hotels and four restaurants—Marina Motel, Historic Van Gilder Hotel, Murphys Alaskan Inn, Seasalt Alaskan Bar and Grill, Chattermark Restaurant, Alaska Seafood Grill, and Gulf of Alaska Food Court. The Seward Hospitality Group was the only privately held company in Alaska to receive an Inc. 5000 award for 2018.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.