Still hope for White Inn

Will the White Inn rise again? That is the hope of many longtime residents in the village of Fredonia who see it as an historical treasure that needs to be preserved.

But the big question remains: can it be operated with success? Looking to other tourist towns, there are reasons to believe it can.

For instance, there is the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora — about an hour away — that was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In Niagara on the Lake, Ont., there is the Prince of Wales Hotel in the heart of downtown. Both are flourishing — and booked regularly, especially in the summer.

Current owner Jeff Gambino, whose purchase six years ago saved the facility, has hopes for whoever becomes the next caretaker. “It’s a great viable business,” he said. “We’re hoping it will be reopening with someone who’s local who can open back up the food and beverage. If that opens up, it once again becomes viable year-round.”

With our wine trails and proximity to the lakes and snowmobiling seasons, that would be a start. But an investor who wants to make major upgrades to the facility is needed.

Then, a great deal of pride will return for the village — and a tarnished institution.