A Harrisburg landmark is being resurrected by retired US Navy veteran Brian Dennis Douglas. He felt the need to bring a Shanois Street tree “back to life because it was dying.”
So, a few months ago, together with his wife Grace, Brian bought the hotel. At one time this 19th century building was home to the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania. The Douglas’ were distressed by the fact that most people know little about the rich history of the building which is in an obscure spot off South Cameron Street near where the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is located.
The Douglas’ plan to reopen and rebrand the hotel as the 901 Lounge and Restaurant which will serve as a multi-purpose venue offering lunch, dinner and entertainment. Before they do this though they need a liquor license transfer.
Earlier this month they hosted an open house for the public where they asked for ideas on food, drink and entertainment options to be offered at the lounge when it opens. They are looking to target the over-35 crowd and “will provide whatever the customer wants.”
The hotel closed in 2006 following the death of its owner, Dushan ‘Sonny’ Mudrinich Jr. and renovations are now being undertaken.