Native Realty Represents AKA West Palm in The Blind Monk Lease

Firm’s Jaime Sturgis, Kaley Tuning and Spencer Scalzitti represent AKA Hotel in deal with popular wine bar

Native Realty CEO Jaime Sturgis, Sales Director Kaley Tuning and Associate Spencer Scalzitti just finalized a lease with popular wine bar The Blind Monk on behalf of the brand-new AKA Hotel in downtown West Palm Beach. The Blind Monk is set to relocate from its current location to the 695 S. Olive Ave. hotel. It leased a ground-floor space with 2,209 interior square feet and a 1,197-square-foot outdoor patio. The Native trio is in active negotiations with prospective tenants for additional retail and restaurant spaces at the hotel. AKA Hotel is scheduled to open in November 2022.

Native Realty Secures Lease with The Blind Monk in Downtown West Palm Beach

Founded by former U.S. Marine Capt. Ben Lubin in 2010, The Blind Monk is a big hit with downtown West Palm Beach residents, professionals and visitors. Lubin is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and a Certified Sommelier. The Blind Monk serves wine by the glass or bottle, craft beer, tapas, build-your-own cheese and charcuterie boards – and more.

“This lease is a great example of how Native activates the retail and restaurant components of hotel and multifamily developments,” Sturgis said. “The Blind Monk has a huge following and should enjoy tremendous success at the AKA Hotel. Our team is actively securing new leasing and investment sales assignments in West Palm Beach and throughout Palm Beach County to place the other top-tier tenants we are representing.”

The 8-story AKA Hotel consists of 215 hotel rooms, with on-site parking for the retail and restaurant spaces. It benefits from proximity to Rosemary Square, City Place and the Brightline high-speed rail station connecting Palm Beach County with Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Read coverage of this lease in Commercial Observer, Palm Beach Post, The Real Deal and South Florida Business & Wealth to learn more.



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