MOUNT VERNON — The restaurant, laundry and 10 rooms at the Curtis Inn have received the OK to reopen, the new general manager of the hotel announced Monday morning.
James Rhinebolt said the city fire department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office had cleared those areas to reopen after an inspection Monday morning.
“We have a plan to do the rest of the work, but we’re pleased that what we wanted to get open is reopened,” Rhinebolt said.
Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace confirmed that the authorization was the result of a Monday morning inspection.
He said the rooms in the north annex have been painted, walls patched, new mattresses placed and smoke detectors and fire extinguishers installed. He also said the fire, ventilation and wiring issues have all been taken care of in the kitchen and laundry, and the laundry has been repainted and the gas appliances replumbed, holes patched and lighting issues corrected.
“The laundry looked great,” he said, and “As far as the fire department is concerned, the kitchen is OK to be reopened.”
The authorization to reopen the restaurant was news to the Knox County Health Department. Environmental Health Director Nate Overholt said no one has yet contacted him from the restaurant. The health department did not close the restaurant, but asked that the inn notify them when they were ready to reopen so that, in light of the amount of time they have been closed, they could conduct a final inspection.
Rhinebolt explained that the health department inspection a couple weeks ago had noted several small items to take care of and he had been concentrating on the issues in other areas. He will be contacting the department to do the final inspection before the restaurant opens.
The restaurant will operate under the name J.R. Dashing’s.
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