Tourists Hotel Nixes Plan for Restaurant
Work was already underway in converting the former Our Lady of Incarnation Church on Massachusetts Avenue into a modern restaurant, dubbed "Loom," overlooking the Hoosic River below.
The restaurant was tied to the Tourists hotel, which sits opposite the river on State Road and opened in 2018.
In a statement on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the hotel confirmed partner and chef Cortney Burns is leaving Tourists "to focus on her much-anticipated cookbook and other culinary projects."
Instead of Loom, the hotel will open a new restaurant, "The Airport Rooms," in its 19th-century farmhouse property on State Road.
The group of investors behind Tourists include lead partner Ben Svenson and Wilco bassist John Stirratt.
Since the initial outline of a relatively modest renovation of the former Redwood Motel after acquiring the property in 2015, the partners expanded the scope to encompass more than 50 acres of surrounding property — including the historic Blackinton Mill on Massachusetts Avenue.