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February 27, 2014

Telford Hotel Restaurant in White Springs to reopen March 3

Jasper — The historic Telford Hotel Restaurant in White Springs that closed a couple years ago will be reopening under new inn keepership on Monday, March 3.

New owner Reese Brown is originally from Lake City and has traveled all over the country working for companies such as Holiday Inn as a consultant and troubleshooter in the hotel industry, White Springs Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie explained at the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce mixer on Thursday, Feb. 20.

“He (Brown) has bought and restored several old buildings,” McKenzie said.

Brown intends to open up the Telford as a first class organization, McKenzie explained. The restaurant will be the first part of the project and will be open for business on Monday, March 3 at 11 a.m.

More exciting additions to the entire restoration project will be coming soon and Brown hopes to have a grand opening in December.

“The top floor is going to be converted into a dinner theatre, dance hall, entertainment type of place,” McKenzie said. “The rooms will all be open for folks. The porch is going to be rebuilt, so that it will be the original three-tiered porch. He was showing me the rugs he’s got ordered for the place. A lot of detail,” he added.

The pool will also be reopened and wine and beer will be available for sale. Brown is a designer, McKenzie said, and has even designed a couple of tour buses for popular country singers.

“He’s excited about getting this place open,” McKenzie said. “I even heard there might be a Sunday brunch with mimosas.”

Watch for a more in depth story on the Telford Hotel project in a future issue of the Jasper News.

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