The Punxsutawney Spirit

Pantall to get new name: The Shadow Hotel

- By Matthew Triponey

PUNXSUTAWN­EY — The owner of the former Pantall Hotel building sent a short letter to The Spirit this week, updating the public on their plans, chief among them, the hotel’s new name: The Shadow Hotel at the Pantall Building.

“After much considerat­ion, we have decided to rename the hotel ... We intend for this to be a way to both honor Punxsutawn­ey history and provide a fresh start, while giving regard to our town’s most famous resident,” the letter from Jerry Duffell, of Speakeasy Enterprise­s LLC, read.

The letter also provided a brief update on the renovation­s. Work is underway and accelerati­ng, Duffell wrote, but supply constraint­s and long lead-times have resulted in holdups. Duffell hoped to have retail spaces available for rent by early fall, but could not predict an opening date for the building’s hospitalit­y venues.

The letter also announced the launch of a new website, www.theshadowh­otel.com. The site offers a short history of the building. It also has a page to follow updates on the renovation­s, which Duffell said will be updated monthly. There is also a contact form the community can use.

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