The town of Foxborough has organized a negotiating committee of two selectmen – Mark Sullivan and Lorraine Brue, Town Manager Kevin Paicos and Town Counsel Richard Gelerman to enter talks with members of the Kraft Group on potential expansion and further development of Patriot Place.
The Kraft Group has said it would like to add at least two restaurants, a bowling and entertainment complex and a second hotel on its Patriot Place property. Here are more details on those desired additions:
A Second Hotel
“Our hotel, Renaissance Hotel & Spa, has done very well at Patriot Place,” said Ted Fire, director of construction administration for The Kraft Group. “We’ve had an expressed interest to add a second hotel on the property.”
Fire told Foxborough’s Board of Selectmen on Sept. 18 that there’s serious interest right now for one additional hotel at Patriot Place and a potential tenant was recently on site looking at location options.
Fire added that while the Kraft Group is not looking at more than one additional hotel at the moment, the door is always open for more development.
“We are not pushing for a third [hotel] at this point but we wouldn’t want to rule it out,” Fire said. “The first one has been successful and an operator has come forward and we would like to move forward and work with them.”
‘High Quality’ Restaurants
Fire said discussions with some potential tenants are further along than others but offered two types of restaurants that are interested in locating at Patriot Place.
“Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse,” Fire said. “There’s a tenant [interested] who I don’t want to name because we like to work with our tenants on public announcements … [and] a high-end Mexican restaurant.”
Fire said the Kraft Group is not interested in “dumping” any restaurant into Patriot Place.
“We want to be very selective and sensitive to our existing tenants,” Fire said. “We are not looking to saturate or over-cannibalize their business. We want to do things that are additive to the equation and trying to add restaurant options that are varied and add to the overall level of high quality.”
Fire said the Kraft Group has been talking for “some time” about a bowling and entertainment complex at Patriot Place – similar to Kings at Legacy Place in Dedham.
“There’s an operator who has expressed serious interest and if we can make it feasible for them I think we can land a deal and get them at Patriot Place,” Fire said.
So, while we have an idea of what the Kraft Group is looking to add at Patriot Place, we want to know what you think the shopping, dining and entertainment complex off Route 1 is missing …
Call for Comments: What would you like to see the Kraft Group add to Patriot Place? What do you think is currently missing from the complex? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!