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|Monmouth Hotel Owner Making Final Preparations to Add Restaurants
|Details are still being finalized, but the Peoria-based company that's expanding into the hotel business is looking to build two restaurants next to a hotel it owns in Monmouth.
The owner of the Petersen Healthcare chain, which runs facilities like Marigold in Galesburg and Courtyard Estates and Legacy Estates in Monmouth owns and operates the AmericInn in Monmouth. The company is looking at having two restaurants built adjacent to the AmericInn at what was known as the Mellings corner.
Petersen Hotels Vice President Doug Currier tells WGIL the company is close to being able to have the restaurants sign on the dotted line. "We're not yet to the point where we can release who we're talking to," Currier said, "but we have announced that one is going to be a pub and grill concept, and the other is hopefully going to be an Italian restaurant, of which both of those would fit the demand, I think, of not only Monmouth but also Warren County and the surrounding area."
Currier says Petersen Hotels hopes to be able to formally announce the two facilities and break ground on them in the summer. He says his company has been working closely with the City of Monmouth and administrator Eric Hanson to make the restaurants a reality.
But is it worth it to continue to work on those plans given the national recession? Currier says yes.
"We...have the confidence in our areas that we serve, that we will bounce back and the communities will bounce back, and our employers will bring back their employees and come back even stronger. We're going with that thought," Currier said.
Currier says it's been one year since the AmericInn opened in the Maple City, which will be celebrated June 25th with the help of the Galesburg and Monmouth-Area Chambers of Commerce.
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