The Hyatt name will remain...for now

Jun 1, 2020

The Hyatt Regency Buffalo will remain a part of the Hyatt hotel chain, at least for now.

The Snyder Corporation, the parent company of Genesee Hotel Properties, which owns the facility, filed suit Thursday against the Chicago-based hotel chain. The lawsuit comes after the chain announced last week it was ending its management agreement.

A State Supreme Court restraining order issued on Friday blocks Hyatt from "ceasing performance" under the agreement in effect when the hotel opened in 1984. That means the 396-room hotel can continue operating under the Hyatt name in the meanwhile.

The Hyatt departure was due to take effect Monday, the same day the hotel was scheduled to reopen after a two-month long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A court hearing is scheduled for June 15 to consider a preliminary injunction "pending a final determination." Some 350 full- and part-time employees work at the Hyatt.