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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Grove Hotel: Transforming Kingsville's Main Street

The Windsor Star/Roseann Danese

The five Kingsville businessmen, who bought the former King’s Hotel, changed the name and created a destination attraction, will soon begin work on their next project expected to be unveiled in March — a craft brewery and restaurant.

The small, 10-barrel brewery will be constructed on Main Street in Kingsville, next door to the refurbished and newly named Grove Hotel.

Trevor Loop, one of the five investors and the operation’s general manager, said when the hotel went on the market, he and his partners recognized an opportunity to open a “destination accommodation” that would work with the emerging wine industry and accompanying restaurants in Leamington, Kingsville and Amherstburg.

“There’s definitely been a need for accommodations in town,” Loop said. “We saw an opportunity to make it unique and make it a destination.”

The brewery — which Loop hopes can be operational by St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 — will be the icing on the cake. Loop said the brewery will supply the taps in the restaurant, along with other local eateries, and there are plans to sell the suds on a retail level in-house.

Renovations on the building, which dates to 1854, began in June but they were completed in stages. Work was done one floor at a time and when one was complete, the other floor was closed for construction. Weekends were completely sold out despite the interruption.

The hotel has 18 rooms that are furnished based on themes such as the automobile, birds and the brewery.

The unusual front desk — a custom project comprised of slots that are stuffed with antique luggages — was designed by Jennifer Flynn, a partner and a lawyer by trade, and the one responsible for most of the hotel’s decor. “We wanted something that was a bit of an impact when you came in,” Loop said.

The sconces that dot the hallways are reclaimed sprinkler heads. The window valances are made of used gas piping. The panelling in the stairwells is reclaimed barn wood from a Walker Road structure. A bedside lamp in the “bird-themed” room is covered in feathers.

The “brewer’s suite” will open to the brewery floor, allowing visitors to watch the yet-to-be-named brewmaster at work.

In addition to Loop, whose family runs Jack’s Gastropub, The Grove Hotel is owned by Jim Flynn, a property developer, Shawn Chapman, an accountant, Jeremy Truax, who owns a lumber yard and building supply business, and Jeff Smith, the owner of an auto dealership.

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