August 5, 2009 in Business

Workers ready Hotel Lusso, pub for fresh start

Worthys pick Post Street Ale House’s name from contest entries
By The Spokesman-Review
Colin Mulvany photo

Workers Don Gearhart, below, and Bart Provancha install sound deadening on the ceiling of the soon-to-be-opened Post Street Ale House in the Hotel Lusso. Davenport Hotel owner Walt Worthy recently bought the hotel and is preparing it for a mid-September opening.
(Full-size photo)

A refitted Hotel Lusso will open by the end of the month, and the newly named Post Street Ale House a few weeks later, owner Walt Worthy said Wednesday.

He said the hotel was closed last week to allow workers to add window glass that will suppress street noise, install 42-inch LED televisions, and change the bedding in its 48 rooms. An exercise room and business center will be added, he said.

“The hotel’s in great shape already,” said Worthy, who with wife Karen owns The Davenport Hotel and Davenport Hotel Tower.

The Worthys bought the Lusso in May.

He said the Lusso will be positioned as a more private, and slightly lower-cost alternative to the Davenports, not just for overnight stays but for weddings and other occasions.

Post Street Ale House will encompass the former Cavallino lounge and 360 restaurant, formerly Fugazzi. The name was selected by the Worthys in a contest that elicited 2,000 responses.

Worthy said remodeling revealed two arches in the brick walls that had divided the space into three rooms. A third had been exposed earlier.

He said the consolidated rooms will seat about 150 at a new bar, tables and booths, three of which will have their own TVs. Bigger TVs, four or five of them, will be visible to other patrons.

Worthy said he plans a menu of sandwiches priced less than $10, fresh oysters, and as many as 16 beers on tap.

Wednesday, workers were installing sound-proofing to eliminate noise that irritated upstairs hotel guests. Others outside were demolishing sidewalks on Post and Sprague that in places were shored up with railroad steel instead of I-beams.

Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email