Happy 10th Birthday, Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel!

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel has been a staple of service and success in Erie’s hospitality market for the last 10 years.

On Wednesday, the Sheraton recognizes its success with an internal 10-year celebration at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel that will also recognize the 11 charter member associates that opened the hotel back in 2008.

“It was 10 years ago that we opened the hotel up to the public,” said Daniel Pora, general manager of the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. “We’ve had 10 years of great successes in that time and we are excited to recognize everyone for their hard work.”

Since it opened in 2008, the Sheraton has been atop consumer rankings in various categories. This past year, the Sheraton was in the top 3% for all Sheratons in North America for overall satisfaction, #1 for Restaurant Overall Food Quality and #1 for Restaurant Overall Service for all Sheratons in North America, and Top 2% for Overall Property Style and Design and top 2% for Overall Hotel Condition for all Sheratons in North America. The hotel has also finished ranked #1 in the Sheraton brand in Guest Satisfaction for five of the years that the hotel has been open.

“I am very proud of all the associates’ hard work, dedication and passion for excellent customer service and making sure the hotel is very clean and well maintained on a daily basis,” Pora said. “We have an amazing family of associates at the Sheraton and their hard work certainly has paid off over the years.”

In addition to its exemplary service for guests, the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel has also rooted itself into local programs and provided opportunity for growth in the region.

The Sheraton’s partnership with Mercyhurst University’s Hospitality Department has proved fruitful for both parties – currently, the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel boasts six managers, three supervisors, seven interns and 15 hourly associates all from Mercyhurst University. The Sheraton has and will continue to hire local talent and allow them to thrive at one of Erie’s top hotels.

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel also partners with Erie High School and Strong Vincent Middle School. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, six students with special needs from Erie High School come to get on-the-job and life experiences. Every other Friday, 16 students with special needs from Strong Vincent Middle School assist in the laundry, kitchen, restaurant, and perform light maintenance work.

“We are very fortunate to have such a great working relationship with the Erie School district and local community,” Pora said. “It is very rewarding for not only the students in these programs, but for the hotel associates that get the opportunity to work with them and help make a positive impact on their education.”

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel looks to continue its connection with local programs and continue celebrating success in the future.

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Familiar Face at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel Named Executive Chef

Kristian Young has called a handful of cities home. His journey has brought him across the country, landing in Erie as the Executive Chef for the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. He’s lived in Chicago, Oregon, Los Angeles and Scottsdale. Young says he’s now grown his own roots in the fourth largest city in Pennsylvania and doesn’t seem himself leaving anytime soon. The Bayfront Grille isn’t the first Erie restaurant he’s worked in though. Young started his career in Erie as a Sous Chef at the Avalon Hotel, then moved to the Erie Club as a Sous Chef and most recently working at the Sheraton as a Sous Chef since 2011.

His talents are staying at the Sheraton Bayfront Grille, but will be used in a new capacity as the Executive Chef. He learned his craft at Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, remembering the sweltering heat while cooking during the summer months. Young now has four seasons to craft a menu around — summer, fall, winter and spring — each giving him the chance to show his creative side. “French Continental Fusion — French paired with American is my favorite to cook,” he says. Young’s unique style in the kitchen comes from his time spent in nearly every region of the U.S. That, he says, allows him to bring national and international influences into his recipes at Erie’s magnificent waterfront restaurant. During his time as a Sous Chef at the Sheraton, the Bayfront Grille was awarded the #1 status within the Sheraton brand for the last two years.

“It would be foolish not to want to be [the Executive Chef],” Young said. “It’s one of the premier restaurant in the region and that’s why I want to be here.” It’s now up to Young to prove himself within the company and the region — a goal he says comes with his new title.

Young’s first day in his new role will be November 22nd. He wants Erie residents who have yet to dine at the restaurant to stop in, reminding everyone that although the restaurant is located in a hotel, it’s not just for guests to enjoy. Young compares it to other local restaurants in the same price range saying, “You can go elsewhere, but you’ll only leave here full and satisfied.”

Restaurant hours are Monday through Saturday 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM; Sunday 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM with hours extended Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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