Nook Sports hotel and restaurant are Readers’ Choice awards finalists

By on September 28, 2016

The Warehouse Hotel at the Nook and Forklift & Palate are finalists in the 2016 Best of Pennsylvania Meetings + Events Readers’ Choice Awards sponsored by Pennsylvania Meetings + Events magazine.

“Both of the hotel and restaurant are open for a little over a year, so it’s really exciting to be named as finalists, said Alyssa Matangos, Nook Sports communications and public relations manager. “It’s an honor; it says that we’re doing things right.”

She reported that the hotel is in the running with two other hotels for Best Hotel with Event Space Fewer than 200 Rooms; and the restaurant is in the running with two others for Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space. She said that selections were done online, and Nook Sports connected with its customers via social media and shared the link for voting. Winners will be announced at an event in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Housed in the 700,000-square foot former Armstrong World Industries distribution center, the facility at 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim is the largest indoor sports complex in the country. Developed by Sam Beiler, Nook Sports originally opened in June 2013 and has been evolving since then. The 135-room hotel, The Warehouse Hotel, opened Memorial Day weekend 2015, and 175-seat Forklift & Palate restaurant opened July 4th weekend 2015.

Like this banquet space, most of the rooms at the Nook’s Forklift & Palate restaurant and Warehouse Hotel harken back to the days when the building housed an Armstrong World Industries distribution center. (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)

Like this banquet space, most of the rooms at the Nook’s Forklift & Palate restaurant and Warehouse Hotel harken back to the days when the building housed an Armstrong World Industries distribution center. (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)

“The atmosphere of the hotel and restaurant pays tribute to the building’s roots,” Matangos said. “Both the hotel and restaurant welcome guests from the area as well as business travelers and players in tournaments at Nook Sports.”

The hotel and restaurant have a separate outside entrance, but are connected by an atrium to the facility’s fieldhouse. A “green wall” and seating area fills a portion of the soaring atrium. The wall isn’t the only thing that’s “green” — the hotel and restaurant with its geothermal heating and rainwater recycling are environmentally friendly.

The lobby sets the tone for the space. The modern-style fireplace features a surround crafted from repurposed wood from shipping palettes. Palettes are also used as wall décor, and tables are crafted from repurposed wood. HVAC piping is exposed. It all creates a modern, industrial feel. Some of the rooms share that feel with exposed beams and piping.

It carries into the restaurant. Even the name, Forklift & Palate, conjures an industrial feel. There’s a bar, a dining area and an atrium with its own bar. Tables in the dining area are crafted from repurposed wood. Palettes act as frames to showcase modern artwork. The atrium is a unique indoor space that has a lofty feel. Tables are repurposed wire/cable spools. Thick wood beams have been repurposed as a pergola and draped with festive lights.

“We’re such a versatile place and there’s so much energy; you come in the doors and you feel the energy,” Matangos explained. “Nook Sports has the opportunity to be customizable. There are a number of private dining space areas such as the atrium bar; the atrium area of the hotel; our conference space; and Olympic Hall, our banquet hall.”

The experience at Nook Sports is not only about the amenities, it’s also about providing service. She said that one of the staff’s main goals is to provide the best experience possible to Nook Sports’ guests.

“Being named as finalists for the ‘Best Of’ awards sets the bar for us,” she said. “We’re only open a little over a year, and we’ve been nominated for this honor. We’ll continue to grow and focus on providing a high level of guest service.”

For more information about Nook Sports, the Warehouse Hotel, and Forklift & Palate, visit spookynooksports.com.

For information about the 2016 Best of Pennsylvania Meetings + Events Readers’ Choice Awards, visit pa.meetingsmags.com/2016-best-pennsylvania-meetings-events-finalists.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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