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Holbrooke being restored

Because the Holbrooke Hotel and Restaurant has been a fixture in Grass Valley for more than 155 years, mentioning the word “change” in reference to it can cause anxiety among local residents.

But the new owners say they aren’t interested in revamping the historic landmark. Rather, they seek to maintain the hotel’s Victorian history and charm while infusing the present day experience with fresh energy.

“We bought the hotel because we were inspired and humbled by its historic symbolism in respect both to Grass Valley and to a macrocosm of American history,” said Michael Nudelman, one of the two managing members of the LLC. “We’re not in this to make the hotel different, rather, we are deeply and personally passionate about restoring it to its former glory.”

Since August 2005, the group has begun sinking capital into every area of the business.

Rooms are getting new paint, fresh linens and luxury mattresses. Antique furnishings are being restored. The back parking lot has been repaved. A new interactive Web site is going up next month. The kitchen is slated for overhaul, too, in response to an increased demand for catering by the restaurant at the Holbrooke.

Last weekend, the building got a new roof that’s making headlines of its own. Neptune Coatings’ new sealant, WetSuit, requires only a few dry days to apply. The sealant went on quickly after a short break in the rain, whereas a traditional roofing likely would have needed several dry days for construction. Another advantage, according to Neptune Coatings of Grass Valley, is that WetSuit is certified for green building systems.

For more information on the Holbrooke Hotel, call 273-1353. To obtain further information on WetSuit, visit http://www.wetsuitsystem.com.

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