NORTH CREEK - It's almost impossible to discuss businesses on Main Street in North Creek without talking about the Copperfield Inn.
The closing of the Copperfield over a year ago left a considerable void in the local economy with the disappearance of jobs, the closing of a popular tavern, and the loss of already scarce hotel rooms for visitors.
But on Monday, Dec. 29, the Copperfield Inn officially changed hands and has set its sights on combining past success with new business tactics. It will reopen on Monday, Feb. 2, under the ownership of The Copperfield Inn Resorts LLC, after a thorough refurbishing and remodeling effort.
An "investment group" lead by Michael Ellis and Joel Beaudin, was formed earlier this year with the intent of purchasing the property from Mr. Elliott Montor.
In 1989, Montor built the Copperfield on the site of the former American Hotel at the northern end of Main Street.
"The Copperfield Inn features 31 guest rooms, including two suites, an exercise club and spa, outdoor pool, grand ballroom, meeting rooms, restaurant, and tavern," a recent press release said.
"The restaurant will be renamed Lorenzo's (formerly The Gardens) and will feature a menu of Italian cuisine. The popular Trapper's Tavern will undergo expansion and will continue it's lite fare menu and drink specials. In addition to the restaurant and tavern, the Inn and Resort will focus it's business on providing packaged Adirondack vacations and hosting weekend travelers, meetings, weddings, special events and banquets."
The hotel's success will be aided by a sophisticated website featuring online booking services - a first for the property.
"The Inn's not necessarily a new Copperfield Inn - we see it more as a revitalization," Dick Carlson, Copperfield Inn Marketing Director, said in a recent interview. "I think the real vision of Michael and Joel's, and really all of the investors, is there is such an eclectic community of investors versus prior ownership. I think it will help the Copperfield Inn find much more of a local niche than it ever had before."