L’Auberge des Gallant rises from ashes in style
Inn unveils Phoenix boardroom
Members of the Gallant family gathered last week at L’Auberge des Gallant to unveil a sleek and modern new boardroom that has aptly been named the Phoenix, as well as to outline a total $7.5 million rebuilding and expansion project that will see three new meeting rooms and 18 upscale guest hotel rooms added.
The new rooms will bring the total guest accommodations from 24 to 42 high-end rooms.
Pascal Bérubé, Quebec’s tourism minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region was also on hand for the Oct. 3 event in order to represent a $1 million repayable government loan that the expansion project was awarded.
The project was also financed with a $1.75 million Caisse Desjardins VaudreuilSoulanges investment, and another $1.75 million from the Business Development Bank of Canada.
The Gallant family says that the rebuilding and expansion project will not only allow them to accommodate more guests, but will see the number of employees working at the inn go from 40 to 80 within the next three
A well-loved up-scale Ste. Marthe hotel has literally risen from the ashes to not only rebuild what was, but to improve and expand what will be.
And in a bid to give back to the community that supported her, Linda Gallant, who owns the inn with her husband, said she bought local goods or used local labour as much as possible during the renovation that is also using environmentally friendly and ustainable materials.
All of the expansion work is expected to be complete in December, while many parts of the inn remain open to the public.
The charming, upscale inn and restaurant that had gained an international reputation for its gastronomic foods, extensive wines, luxury rooms, spa services and more, was all but razed by an April 17, 2012 fire that caused more than $1 million in damages.
An employee first noticed the blaze that was battled by more than one hundred firefighters from 12 towns. Some 20 customers were evacuated, though no one was hurt.
L’Auberge des Gallant was founded in 1972 initially as a catering business. It soon transformed into an inn that has received numerous tourism awards over the years.
L’Auberge des Gallant owner Linda Gallant and Pascal Bérubé, Quebec’s tourism minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region helped inaugurate the Phoenix room Thursday.