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April 15, 2015
Granville Inn Set for May 8 Reopening
Newark Advocate

The Granville Inn will reopen its doors May 8 after nine months of renovation and expansion work, Denison University announced.

“We are very happy to reopen the doors of the Granville Inn, which holds a special place in the lives of our community” said Seth Patton, vice president for finance and management at Denison, which owns the inn. “The months of dedicated hard work by George Acock Architects, Robertson Construction, and Columbus Hospitality have updated and transformed the Inn. We have retained its charming character, and with new systems in place, we hope that the experiences of the Inn’s customers will be even better than before.”

The 90-year-old inn, long a popular dining and lodging destination, will operate under the auspices of Columbus Hospitality, with Chef Chad Lavely returning at the helm of the kitchen.

The inn underwent renovation and expansion after Denison’s acquisition of the facility last year. Estimated cost of the project was $9 million.

The business office is open and the inn is taking reservations for events and rooms, the Denison announcement said. Reservations can be made at 740-587-3333 or by emailing info@granvilleinn.com.

The project included the addition of nine guestrooms on the third floor and an elevator to reach all floors from the basement to the top floor.

When the inn reopens, both the pub restaurant and the formal dining area will be open, said Jill Buterbaugh, spokeswoman for Columbus Hospitality Management.

Among the most noticeable changes inside will be the reversal of the pub and formal dining areas. The pub will take up the space previously used for formal dining, and vice versa, providing more pub space to meet a bigger demand for casual dining.

Meanwhile, finishing touches are being made to the project, not the least of which are a refurbished parking area at the inn’s main entrance, and landscaping. Concrete was to be poured this week for the parking area, weather permitting, Buterbaugh said.

Also this week, draperies and new art will be installed inside, and carpeting arrives next week, she said.

At the same time, audio-visual equipment will be installed, and a final coat of finish will be applied to the restored hardwood tavern floor along with cabinet delivery and installation.

Landscaping will be removed in about two weeks, with new installations toward the end of April or early May, Buterbaugh said.