The Karol Hotel Announces Executive Chef

Posted: December 10, 2019

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TAMPA, Fla. (December 10, 2019) – The Karol Hotel, the first Tribute Portfolio hotel coming to Pinellas County, Florida, in January 2020, announced today the appointment of Jon Atanacio as Executive Chef. Chef Jon will direct daily culinary operations at the hotel’s signature K Club Bar & Bistro and Vantage Rooftop Bar, while overseeing food and beverage offerings for meetings, corporate events, local catering functions and special occasions in the hotel’s 7,340 square feet of event space. Named by Fred Bullard, a veteran developer in the hospitality industry, in honor of his energetic and accomplished wife, Karol Bullard, this unique hotel focuses on delivering carefree comfort combined with intuitive design. The Karol Hotel is marketed by Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development.

“Jon’s passion for culinary excellence and for the Tampa Bay area have been on full display at Mainsail’s Epicurean Hotel for the past several years,” said Adam Duffey, General Manager at The Karol Hotel. “He’s bringing that same passion to The Karol here in Clearwater and will continue to raise the bar in the local dining scene.”

Atanacio has been a member of the Mainsail Lodging & Development family since 2013, when he joined the Epicurean Hotel, located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa as Sous Chef of Élevage. He was then promoted to Chef de Cuisine to assist in leading efforts in the restaurant, banquets, menu development and training.  Prior to joining the Mainsail family, Atanacio honed his craft and worked his way up through various esteemed restaurants in New York City, where he gained much of his culinary experience.

The all-new Karol Hotel will feature the signature K Club Bar & Bistro, offering a menu inspired by the fresh flavors of the Florida coast and travels of hotel owners Fred and Karol Bullard, two of Feather Sound’s – and Florida’s – most notable duos, known for living lives full of adventure, business, philanthropy, family, love and dinners with presidents. The onsite restaurant will be a contemporary blend of Florida artisan vernacular and chic touches in a quiet comfortable setting that transitions gracefully from morning coffee to sophisticated evening cuisine. An iconic wine display will take center stage in the main dining room, bookended by cozy banquettes and featured art. Guests will also have the option to dine alfresco overlooking the pond. In the downstairs lobby adjacent the restaurant, the K Club Bar will welcome guests in a relaxed, leather-trimmed retreat, perfect for sharing stories and sipping fine spirits. Perched high in the sky with elevated cocktails, Vantage Rooftop Bar will be the only climate-controlled rooftop bar in the area, where guests can enjoy light bites 12 stories high while taking in stunning views of downtown Tampa and beyond.

Scheduled to open January 2020, The Karol Hotel will feature 123 guest rooms and suites; a signature lobby bar and restaurant; a dazzling rooftop bar overlooking the waters of Tampa Bay; a combined 7,340 square feet of event space, including a ballroom and executive conference rooms; and a pool and fitness center. The Karol is centrally located in beautiful Feather Sound between Clearwater, St. Pete and Tampa, just off the coast of the Bay, 15 minutes from the Westshore District in Tampa and with quick access to both the St. Pete-Clearwater and Tampa International Airports.

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About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC
Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. Their property portfolio includes four Autograph Collection hotels: Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands; the boutique, food-focused Epicurean Hotel ( in Tampa, Florida; Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club ( on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the historic Fenway Hotel ( in Dunedin, Florida; as well as Mainsail Beach Inn (, a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida and The Karol Hotel (, the first Tribute Portfolio hotel in Pinellas County, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida, Georgia and Tennessee markets for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® ( and Oakwood® ( brands. Mainsail Lodging also manages a portfolio of private vacation homes through its Mainsail Vacation Rentals offered on Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Additional future projects include Luminary Hotel & Co. ( in Fort Myers, Florida; a 128-room Residence Inn in conjunction with an indoor sports complex in Pasco County, Florida; and a historic boutique hotel in Macon, Georgia. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse, to annual events such as the Epic Chef Showdown. Learn more at


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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 30 hotels open and growing, 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 Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in California and urban hotels such as The Vagabond Club in Singapore, to hotels in indie-spirited locales like Noelle in Nashville and The Slaak in Rotterdam, each Tribute Portfolio hotel celebrates its individuality offering travelers a fresh, often colorful, perspective. Stay with character and stay connected: Instagram, Facebook and twitter. Tribute Portfolio is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

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