UNY history, hospitality live on at Thousand Islands Inn

Thousand Islands Inn signThe Thousand Islands Inn, the oldest continuously operating hospitality business in Clayton, NY’s historic riverfront shopping district, will keep its status as a popular community and tourist attraction, thanks in part to an incentive grant from National Grid.

The 1897 building, where the original Thousand Island dressing was first served, will reopen as a boutique hotel and restaurant offering outdoor dining and a piano bar. Renovations of the first floor, including the dining room and bar, are expected to be completed by early summer. Ultimately the project is expected to add more than 20 hospitality industry jobs to the area, further contributing to economic development, job retention and growth in downtown Clayton.

Brad Minnick and his business partner, Jamie Weinberg, purchased the historic hotel in December 2013. “We are deeply appreciative of the company’s vote of confidence in our plans and the tremendous support we have received from the community to re-establish this downtown landmark as a vibrant business and a source of pride for the community,” said Minnick.

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