Posted 4/26/16 (Tue)
By Cecile Wehrman
While insisting the situation is only temporary, the manager of the Golden Hub in Crosby last week announced the motel will be closed in May and June, with plans to reopen for sure before the threshing show in July.
Clare Sarasin said the decision is the result of concern about guest comfort and safety while the owners of the burned down Mr. K’s arrange for and execute a clean up of the burned down supper club that sits feet from the motel entrance.
“There isn’t damage to our motel,” said Sarasin, but in the days following the April 7 fire, it has become apparent that operating with the burned hulk of Mr. K’s in such close proximity will not work.
“We just don’t want our guests here or any of their property to be exposed,” Sarasin said, whether to blowing ash or debris, to noise once the clean up begins, or inconvenience due to equipment onsite. Safety is also a concern.
Sarasin said the closure is temporary and operations will resume once the building remains are removed.
Part of the problem, she said, is that there are still some walls partially standing and a lot of loose material on the site to blow around.
Some of the workers who frequently stay at the motel work nights and so would be disturbed once a clean up program begins.
“It’s the start of our season, not what we wanted,” she said, but following a visit by owner Paul Court recently, he determined this would be the best course to take.
Though the North Dakota Newspaper Convention had held a block of rooms for the first week in May as an alternate hotel site -- most people attending the convention are staying at the Guardian Inn -- the room block had been released two weeks ago without any reservations being made.
With registration for the convention still incomplete, it remains to be seen how much overflow would have been directed to the Golden Hub.
Sarasin will remain on the property on a daily basis and most of the hotel staff is only part time, so Sarasin said they mostly have other jobs and are not 100 percent reliant on their income from the Golden Hub. At the same time, it’s a short notice, she said, and the loss of income could be a hardship for some of them.
Lori Wishart, who owns Mr. K’s with her husband, Greg, said their direction toward a clean up or rebuilding remains uncertain.
“We have no idea,” she said.
“We don’t know how long the clean up will be,” or whether they will rebuild.
She said bids have been requested from local contractors they hope can assist with the clean up of the site.