The Ryder Hotel and Little Palm Restaurant and Bar in Charleston, South Carolina — Photo by

Makeready, the hospitality company that creates and operates independent brands through local influences, functional design, and thoughtful restaurants and bars announced today its new management of The Ryder Hotel and Little Palm restaurant and bar located in downtown historic Charleston. Makeready continues to expand its footprint in Charleston with this 91-room boutique lifestyle hotel.

An inviting oasis in the heart of one of the world’s most beloved cities, The Ryder is a boutique lifestyle escape-meets-experience with a coffee shop, an activated pool, and tropical bar made for the independent, fun-loving, and curious spirit. Thoughtful details and a fresh design conjure the beauty of the Lowcountry coast. The Ryder is an antidote to the ordinary — warmly welcoming genuine connections with engaging neighbors and travelers.

Makeready has been steeped in the rich history of Charleston’s hospitality community operating well-known experiences including Emeline, Frannie and the Fox, Hank’s Seafood Restaurant, Clerks Coffee Company, in addition to a new development to include restaurant and rooftop experiences along with an independent 180-room hotel located on Calhoun and continues to pursue new hotel and restaurant opportunities in the area.

“From the day we entered this market, we have been graciously welcomed into the city and are looking forward to the continued expansion of relationships we have fostered with the local community,” says Christine Magrann, President and COO at Makeready, “We’ve met so many wonderfully talented people throughout the area, and we are eager to bring these partners to The Ryder and Little Palm.”

Makeready’s Restaurant and Bar team will also manage and enhance the hotel food and beverage experience, Little Palm restaurant and bar. A buzzing gathering place, featuring well-made cocktails in a cool casual atmosphere, with a flavor-forward menu inspired by the coastline of the American South. The property includes an outdoor pool and sundeck, an all-day coffee shop – featuring Counter Culture Coffee – and a carefully edited retail selection.

Makeready has an impressive reputation for creating and operating well-known independent brands in various markets throughout the country, such as: The Alida and Lost Square in Savannah, Noelle and Rare Bird and Keep Shop in Nashville; The Adolphus, City Hall Bistro, The French Room, The Rodeo Bar, Commerce Goods + Supply in Dallas; Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek in Denver; Cliff House in Cape Neddick; among others.

“Much like The Ryder Hotel’s brand ethos, Makeready is committed to delivering experiences where all feel welcome, cared for and ultimately valued.” Says Magrann, “We are thrilled to be part of The Ryder story and to grow in a city that we care so deeply about.”


The Ryder Hotel is located in the heart of the Historic District of Charleston, steps away from famed restaurants, museums, the historic Charleston City Market and less than a mile from the iconic Rainbow Row. The upscale boutique hotel features 91 guest rooms, including four suites; dining in Little Palm; an outdoor pool with sundeck and terrace; access to Pivotal Fitness, located adjacent to the hotel; and a unique retail experience. For more information, follow @theryderhotel or visit


Designed from the ground up to create truly independent hotel, restaurant, bar and retail brands with individual points of view. Makeready develops unique experiences that are an essential part of each community, cultivating deep, emotional connections across guests, teams, and local brands to create sustainable value for investors. Find us online at or Instagram.

Danielle Pagano McGunagle
The Door