Bangor's former Colonial Hotel returns to grandeur

Full story: The Morning Call

At first, Mike Kurtz was skeptical about buying Bangor's Colonial Hotel. Actually, ''skeptical'' is putting it lightly.

Comments

Showing posts 1 - 20 of26
< prev page
|
Go to last page| Jump to page:
ttttt

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1
May 14, 2008
 
good luck boys!!! the colonial either needed to be cleaned up like u did or leveled! the place looks great!!! my suggestion though would be have some kind of dress code, to keep the trash that used to frequent there out.
Krackerman

Bethlehem, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#2
May 14, 2008
 
agree with above statement. Kepp out the riff raff and your one business could bring the entire downtown Bangor back from the brink. Now to have Police patrols daily to keep kids off sidewalks with skatebaords and loitering. This is a foot in the door no time to sleep Mayor. I don't care if it's the gaurdian angels but clean up the streets.
bitter

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#3
May 14, 2008
 
it is nice that these guys did this but investing in downtown bangor is like giving an leper a face lift. The trash in town will ruin it for families who would like to go there.
I really do wish them success- good luck guys.
shaggy

Westerville, OH

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#4
May 14, 2008
 
I hope business is good and they can keep things going.
TRIPLE K

Allentown, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#5
May 14, 2008
 
BEST OF LUCK, way to go , great job in keeping a part of Americanna alive..I will be up to do a taste test!!!!
Dan

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#6
May 14, 2008
 
This is great !!! We really need something like this. As long as it stays this good it might bring some life back into downtown.
Hotel

AOL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#7
May 14, 2008
 
I wish the new owners much luck. From the photos here the place looks beautiful, they've don e agreat job with renovations and put a lot of hard work into it, my husband & I are renovating our old home so I commend these guys for renovating a hotel! On another note, they're unfortunately going to need lots of luck in this area since things have been dead BUT I hope this can start an influx of more restaurants places to shop etc & bring the area to life. There should really be a large revitilization project done on the Pen Argyl/Bangor area(s). I would be all for this. C'mon people, we're Pocono region, we can make this area a stop for those vacationing in the Poconos, if we put our heads together & worked as a team it can happen. Revitalize Main St & Robinson in Pen Argyl & the main streets in Bangor & this area could be an amazingly hoppin' place with an old towne feel, it can be done but too many are too busy fighting off big box companies & then keeping quiet. Once they've run these stores out of town they should use those resources & do something to the towns, Pen Argyl & Bangor may be sleepy areas but they're gems waiting to be discovered. If I had enough money I'd start a coalition to bring these towns back to life.

Since: Apr 08

Easton, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#9
May 14, 2008
 
You mean they opened a restaurant in the Lehigh Valley without millions of dollars in grants from Fast Eddie Rendell for the building? Then they didn't go to Bangor for hefty bail out for the over-runs and tax relief for the next 10 years? Wow ! In Bethlehem that is the only way business get opened.

I agree. Best of luck guys ! I will make it a point to got to this place. I like one where the owners actually have something invested other than media hype and friends in high places.

Lou Pektor, Abe Atiyeh, and Sal Buindo could all take lessons from Bangor.
Good deed indeed

Bath, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#10
May 14, 2008
 
The Colonial needed this renovation and if the town plays its cards right, it could be the start of a new downtown look. Unlike some other towns, like Northampton (where I live), Bangor has a downtown area where people can park and actually walk around to visit shops and eat. At 240k, the place was a steal and with renovations at 275k, you have a hotel and restaurant for half a million. It's hard to find nice houses for that kind of money in some areas.

I agree with the dress code, but it can't be too harsh with families and young adults like myself who don't always wear top of the line clothes, but can still frequent establishments and not cause problems.

Good luck! I'll be sure to visit if I return back to Bangor one of these days.
Bethlehem Resident

Emmaus, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#11
May 14, 2008
 
Easton resident wrote:
You mean they opened a restaurant in the Lehigh Valley without millions of dollars in grants from Fast Eddie Rendell for the building? Then they didn't go to Bangor for hefty bail out for the over-runs and tax relief for the next 10 years? Wow ! In Bethlehem that is the only way business get opened.
I agree. Best of luck guys ! I will make it a point to got to this place. I like one where the owners actually have something invested other than media hype and friends in high places.
Lou Pektor, Abe Atiyeh, and Sal Buindo could all take lessons from Bangor.
you must have alot of properties yourself, seeing is that all you do is criticize people of the valley trying to renovate and revitalize the area with their buildings...
Oh and I agree, Im glad the three brothers bought a building,property, and renovations for under $500k...those figures just dont exist in Historic Bethlehem or Downtown Easton.
maury povich

New York, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#12
May 14, 2008
 
i wonder if they kept that old ceiling fan system that was run via a giant pulley turning 4-6 different fans?
Stopped in yesterday

Chicago, IL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#13
May 14, 2008
 
...and yes, the pulley system is still there.
Hannah

Bangor, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#14
May 14, 2008
 
Unfortunately they will be out of business in a year - Bangor trash ruin everything that ever tries to change Bangor -

Since: Apr 08

Easton, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#15
May 14, 2008
 
Bethlehem Resident wrote:
<quoted text>
you must have alot of properties yourself, seeing is that all you do is criticize people of the valley trying to renovate and revitalize the area with their buildings...
Oh and I agree, Im glad the three brothers bought a building,property, and renovations for under $500k...those figures just dont exist in Historic Bethlehem or Downtown Easton.
I have 4. All residential, none commercial. Like these guys in Bangor I have not used public funds for the purchase or upkeep of them. I am not really sure what you point was in the remark. You are angry that I think taking WELFARE to buy properties and more WELFARE to keep you sagging business afloat is wrong, then yes that is what I said.

Please enlighten me where I went wrong in the logic that if you own something you should fund it and not expect the state to fund it. That is the same as all the whining I hear on these comments about WELFARE and other subsidies.

Is Mr. Atiyeh even a US citizen?
HappyGoLucky

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#20
May 14, 2008
 
What makes me laugh whatever from palm pa is that you dont even have the guts to post that comment with your own name and who cares at least they are doing something positive with their lives look at you.. you sit on a computer and comment on newspaper articles on-line. It sounds like jealousy to me or you just get a kick out of making people look bad but i think what they did is great and good for them Im sure they will do just fine and you'll still be sitting home commenting on articles online.... wow
STOP HATING

Nazareth, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#22
May 15, 2008
 
Easton resident wrote:
<quoted text>
May well be, but they didn't do it on my dime like the wannabees in Bethlehem, so let them try it. Market pressures will dictate if they make it or not. As far as I know, you don't need a drivers license to run a restaurant.
So what are you the ATF, Liquor Control Board, DEA? They are doing big things and you cant take it. Why don't you spend more time researching something productive to do for yourself and stop researching everyone else. I'm sure you will be stopping in for a cold one!!!!!!!
Krystal

Nazareth, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#23
May 15, 2008
 
Good Luck Guys!!!!Place looks great from the outside can't wait to see it from the inside. See you on the 31st!!!!!!

Since: Apr 08

Easton, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#24
May 15, 2008
 
STOP HATING wrote:
<quoted text>
So what are you the ATF, Liquor Control Board, DEA? They are doing big things and you cant take it. Why don't you spend more time researching something productive to do for yourself and stop researching everyone else. I'm sure you will be stopping in for a cold one!!!!!!!
I have no idea what you are even talking about. My comments about Bangor were nothing but positive. I don't drink, but I suspect I will stop in there sometime. Any guys willing to take a gamble on opening a business and willing to do it with their own capital, rather than State and local kick backs, is someplace I would love to patronize.
STOP HATING

Nazareth, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#25
May 15, 2008
 
My comment was towards "Whatever"s comment!!!!!!!!

So what are you the ATF, Liquor Control Board, DEA? They are doing big things and you cant take it. Why don't you spend more time researching something productive to do for yourself and stop researching everyone else. I'm sure you will be stopping in for a cold one!!!!!!!
Cathy Yeakel Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, NV

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#26
May 15, 2008
 
I wish the best of luck to these brothers. I hope they make a go of it.

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Showing posts 1 - 20 of26
< prev page
|
Go to last page| Jump to page:
Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

•••
•••

Coplay News Video

•••
Coplay Dating

more search filters

less search filters

•••

Coplay Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Coplay People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Coplay News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Coplay
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••