By: NHBR Staff, NH Business Review
The Radisson Hotel Manchester is about to undergo a multimillion-dollar redesign and transformation into a newly branded DoubleTree by Hilton, officials announced Wednesday.
During the renovations, which are expected to be finished by the end of the year, the hotel, which is owned by Pyramid Hotel Group, will continue operations, temporarily rebranded as The Manchester Downtown Hotel.
“Our location has been a staple in downtown Manchester since it opened 34 years ago, hosting presidential candidates, local dignitaries, rock stars and thousands of events,” said Kim Roy, general manager of the property. “This upcoming alignment, combined with extensive modernizations, will further enhance our guests’ experience and help attract more visitors, meetings and events to downtown Manchester.”
By: Tom Eastman, Conway Daily Sun
Dot and Russ Seybold announced Tuesday afternoon the sale of the Conway Scenic Railroad to Profile Mountain Holdings Corp, led by President David Swirk.
The sale closed Tuesday, and Profile Mountain Holdings will take over operations immediately in anticipation of the season's opening in April.
The iconic railroad and tourist attraction, complete with its historic 1874 train station, has enjoyed 44 continuous years of operation.
Originally named president and general manager of the railroad in 1990, Seybold was instrumental in the expansion to Crawford Notch and the commencement of a truly world-class railroad experience.
The Seybolds purchased the railroad in 1999 and continued to expand operations with the addition of two full-service dining cars, including the Chocorua and the Hattie Evans, and the dome observation car Dorthea Mae.
They were key founders of the highly successful Polar Express holiday excursion. Other signature annual events including Day Out With Thomas, Pumpkin Patch Express, Santa’s Holiday Express and Railfans Weekend, all of which generate tens of thousands of visitors each year.
By: Hadley Barndollar, Seacoast Online
What will soon become a community gathering spot fully-equipped with good food and spirits is currently a five-days-a-week construction zone, as Sea Dog Brewing picks up speed on its downtown opening.
The 9 Water St. building, formerly the Loaf and Ladle, is undergoing a $1 million renovation. Sea Dog hoped to be open by last summer after enthusiastic resident support pushed the project through Zoning Board of Adjustment approval. Now, it’s “fingers-crossed” for an April opening.
“Certain things do take a long time, especially when you’re dealing with iconic properties,” said Jim Bunting, director of operations for Sea Dog. “When we’ve worked in beautiful downtowns before, these are buildings that are very important to the community and typically involve an historic element. If you’re trying to take an early 19th-century building and bring it into the 21st century, it’s an awful lot and it takes a lot of effort.”
Sea Dog looks to add to the rising tide of dining options in Exeter and serve as a gathering place for all ages.
By: Nicolas Berlinski, The Dartmouth
The Salt Hill Pub franchise plans to open a new café in downtown Lebanon this spring, serving a combination of coffee and desserts.
Opening a coffeehouse has been a long-time ambition for the Tuohy brothers, who co-own the Salt Hill Pub franchise. Co-owner Josh Tuohy, who runs the business with his brother Joe Tuohy, said that the original Salt Hill Pub opened at 7 a.m. and served coffee and breakfast.
“That was a really enjoyable part of the business for us,” Josh Tuohy said.
The café will take up the space of a vacated yoga studio. Having long been interested in the property, which is adjacent to the current Lebanon Salt Hill Pub location, the Tuohy brothers quickly pounced on it when it came up on the market, Josh Tuohy said. There are also Salt Hill Pub locations in Hanover, Newbury, Newport and West Lebanon.
The new coffee shop will be connected to the current Lebanon Salt Hill Pub restaurant, which serves Irish-themed pub food. The hope is that the two establishments will complement each other, Josh Tuohy said.
By: John Koziol, Union Leader
As the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority considers its lead lender's application for a $28 million loan guarantee, Dixville Capital LLC is poised to begin renovation and construction at The Balsams resort in April, weather-permitting.
In December, Service Credit Union asked the BFA to guarantee that amount for Phase 1 of the Balsams project on behalf of Dixville Capital. The guarantee would be subject to final approval by the Governor and Executive Council.
The first phase includes renovation of the Hampshire and Hale houses; reconstruction of the Dix House; and construction of a 400-room Lake Gloriette House Hotel and Conference Center, Nordic baths and spa, and a marketplace and an expansion of the former Wilderness ski area.
Dixville Capital has said that SCU's $28 million loan, and the state's guarantee of it, were important elements of the $170 million Phase I financing, which also includes developer equity, preferred equity, construction debt, an EB-5 investment as well as equipment lease financing for the ski expansion.
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