Bay Roberts ho­tel owner threat­ens to close

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

The fol­low­ing let­ter was orig­i­nally ad­dressed to Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood:

I would like to thank you and your col­leagues for the cour­tesy of your time on Tues­day 9th of June.

It be­came quickly ap­par­ent to me dur­ing our meet­ing that our fu­ture as a hos­pi­tal­ity provider in Bay Roberts was very bleak in­deed. There was lit­tle sym­pa­thy for our case with re­spect to the pro­posed gross over sup­ply of ho­tel rooms in the town and its im­pact on our 20 em­ploy­ees.

Like­wise Scrun­chions Restau­rant has al­ways faced head­winds with re­spect to the var­i­ous func­tions and fes­ti­vals spon­sored by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity ever since we opened. Lit­tle re­gard has been shown to what would have been a won­der­ful venue and a unique site for a num­ber of th­ese func­tions.

You chose in­stead, church base­ments, test kitchens, and the le­gion, among oth­ers. It took a few years Mayor, but we now have your mes­sage loud and clear.

I would like to be equally clear. To this end, be ad­vised that my plan is to close the ho­tel and restau­rant as soon as it is pos­si­ble to do so.

We will seek ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the devel­op­ment of 10 500-square-foot con­do­mini­ums and six long term rental units on the site. Sub­se­quently, an ap­pli­ca­tion for per­mit to de­velop will fol­low at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity. Other op­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered of course.

This is a set­back for us. We were try­ing very hard to make Bay Roberts proud of our fa­cil­ity. We tried to of­fer en­ter­tain­ment, food and ser­vice un­known to this com­mu­nity be­fore we opened. Our 20 won­der­ful staff, Bay Roberts finest, will have to move on and the com­mu­nity is less for this re­sult.

This de­ci­sion is a pure func­tion of coun­cil and staff ’s pos­ture to­wards us, and an un­think­ing, al­most cal­lous, re­gard for the im­pli­ca­tions of 60 new ho­tel rooms in this town. A con­cept which you have pub­licly en­dorsed with en­thu­si­asm.

You may get your 60 new rooms Mr. Mayor but you will likely lose 42 at the same time, and I doubt you will ever find an in­vestor as will­ing as we were to pro­vide a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence to tourists from a dining, en­ter­tain­ment and stay­over per­spec­tive.

This Mr. Mayor, will be your le­gacy … not mine. Robert Rowe is the owner of The Bay Roberts Ho­tel & Scrun­chions Restau­rant

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