In 2008, the Courtyard by Marriott introduced a new concept throughout their locations. The Courtyard Bistro "coffee house meets open kitchen" fast casual concept features ready-to-go food, quickly-prepared hot entrees and Starbucks beverages for all guests to enjoy. But why the switch? Courtyard noticed that their guests would skip the traditional lobby buffet and heading to a local Starbucks or better food selection. With the new bistro addition, there has been a 27-percent increase in guests recommending to their friends to visit a Courtyard by Marriott. Read more about the switch here.