Jayson Reynolds Joins Hotel Forty Five as Executive Chef

Posted: June 13, 2024

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MACON, Ga. (June 13, 2024) – Hotel Forty Five proudly announces the appointment of Jayson Reynolds as Executive Chef. In this pivotal role, Chef Reynolds will spearhead all culinary endeavors at the 94-room boutique hotel nestled in the heart of downtown Macon. His purview includes the hotel’s signature restaurant, Loom, the vibrant Hightales Rooftop Bar, and the eclectic Reckon Coffee & Wine Bar as well as catering and events.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chef Reynolds to our team,” said Gary W. Byrd, General Manager. “With his extensive background in the food and beverage industry, innovative flair and exceptional leadership skills, we are confident he will elevate our culinary offerings for our guests and the local community.”

A James Beard Foundation nominee, Chef Reynolds brings more than 15 years of culinary expertise to Hotel Forty Five. Most recently, he served as Executive Chef at 106 Jefferson, a lifestyle boutique hotel in Huntsville, Alabama. While there, he oversaw the hotel’s restaurant and rooftop bar and led upscale banquets for esteemed guests and Top 500 companies such as Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk. Reynolds has also served as Culinary Director for Springdale Golf Club & Resort and Food and Beverage Director at Woodbury Wellness Center, both in North Carolina. He was also Corporate Director of Food and Beverage at WR Hospitality, where he grew two separate restaurant concepts from the ground up.

“I’ve always had a passion for crafting dishes that build connections, create memories and give guests something to talk about,” added Chef Reynolds. “Like I always say, good conversation starts with great food.”

Occupying one of downtown Macon’s historic high-rises, Hotel Forty Five sits at the intersection of Cherry and First Streets, and Cotton Avenue, at the iconic angle for which the hotel is named. More than a hotel, Hotel Forty Five offers a warm and inviting space to forge lasting memories, connect with old friends and new, and indulge in culinary delights.

For more information, visit HotelFortyFive.com.

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About Hotel Forty Five

Hotel Forty Five, owned by IDP Properties and Mainsail Lodging & Development, is a 94-room boutique hotel in Macon, Georgia. Joining Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, an exceptional collection of independent hotels and resorts with unique personalities and spirit, Hotel Forty Five celebrates the building’s original character and historic significance. Each of Hotel Forty Five’s rooms and suites immerse guests in a timeless experience, providing the ideal space to rest and recharge. Vintage design elements with rich contrasting colors and copper metal accents are featured throughout creating a redefined yet classic finish. Hotel Forty Five boasts three different dining concepts, Loom, Hightales Rooftop Bar and Reckon Coffee & Wine Bar. Occupying one of downtown Macon’s few remaining historic high-rises, the boutique hotel is aptly named after its location on an iconic 45-degree angle, formed by Cherry and First Streets with Cotton Avenue. For more information please go to hotelfortyfive.com, or follow on Instagram, X and Facebook.

About Mainsail Lodging & Development

Mainsail Lodging & Development is an award-winning, Tampa, Florida-based company specializing in hotel, furnished housing, and resort property management and development, marketing and sales. An established company with a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, Mainsail prides itself in finding unique lodging opportunities with a purpose and applying its passion and expertise to each project. Founded by President Joe Collier with a combination of daring vision and dogged determination, Mainsail has built an impressive portfolio of top-branded properties throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean. Each Mainsail property inspires guests with a distinct character and meticulously crafted, sophisticated style, from a private island resort, and urban culinary showplaces, to waterfront marvels, boutique southern hotels, and a historic jazz era icon. Stay Sojo, Mainsail’s newest brand, provides short-term furnished living options across the country, while Mainsail Vacation Rentals manages a collection of private vacation homes in Florida and the Caribbean. To ensure long-term success and profitability, Mainsail relies on the dedication of its high-performing associates, a growing group of enterprising investors, and a commitment to giving back, every step of the way. MainsailHotels.com

About IDP Properties

IDP Properties is a full-service real estate development firm headquartered in Valdosta, Ga that invests in and redevelops communities. The IDP team has completed over $1 billion dollars in projects and specializes in acquisition, property management, consulting and development. IDP takes pride that each project they develop is as diverse as the communities they serve. IDP Properties’ purpose is to strengthen communities and leave a lasting positive impact.

About Tribute Portfolio® 

Tribute Portfolio is a growing global family of characterful, independent hotels drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for guests and locals alike. With more than 105 hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories around the world, Tribute Portfolio has struck a chord with those who seek out independent experiences and crave a connection with the community when traveling. From boutique resorts like Ermita in Cartagena and urban hotels such as The Vagabond Club in Singapore; to hotels in indie-spirited locales like Bellyard in Atlanta and Hotel Riomar in Ibiza, each Tribute Portfolio hotel celebrates its individuality, offering travelers a fresh, often colorful, perspective. For more information, please visit www.tributeportfolio.com and stay connected on Instagram, X, and Facebook. Tribute Portfolio is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit marriottbonvoy.com.


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