Birmingham’s Daxton Hotel puts Aparium in operator position after less than a year

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Aparium Hotel Group no longer runs the chic 151-room Daxton Hotel in Birmingham city centre.

The management change comes less than a year after the $60 million development opened on South Old Woodward Avenue and Brown Street.

The change was first reported by Downtown Publications.

It’s unclear precisely when or why the change took place, although the Birmingham City Commission last month approved a liquor license transfer from Chicago-based Aparium to Woodward Brown Ventures LLC, which is the group of hotel ownership controlled by entrepreneur Mark Mitchell.

City commission documents dated November call for the change and indicate that management is integrated.

As of August 2021, the company still listed the Daxton on its list of operated hotels on its webpage, according to the Wayback Machine website, which helps chronicle updates on websites.

City commission documents indicate that the hotel has a liquor license for Madame, a 112-seat restaurant with 84 seats in the main dining room, 18 seats at the bar, and 10 seats in a private dining room.

Messages were left Tuesday for Aparium Hotel Group and hotel management for comment, as well as an attorney for Woodward Brown Ventures.

The Daxton Hotel’s arrival on the Birmingham city center hotel scene pitted it against the stalwart Townsend Hotel on Townsend Street, long a destination for professional athletes, entertainers and other celebrities staying in the area.

Aparium continues to manage the downtown Detroit Foundation Hotel, which was developed from a former Detroit fire station several years ago, according to the company’s website.

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