Beaumont Inn restoring luster
BY MATT VINE
Wyoming County Press Examiner
It looks older on the outside than its 64-year history addresses, but the Beaumont Inn that sits just off Rt. 309 is staging a comeback.
Built in 1949, by the late Pete Masonis, a well-known hotel man in the Wyoming Valley, the Beaumont Inn once had a good orchestra and floor show.
“Back in the day, it was the place to be,” Kunkle Fire Chief Jack Dodson said, fondly remembering many fire company installation dinners.
Others, like Masonis’ grandson Peter Calkins remember a clambake pit out back that was a nice laid back place to be to wind down.
The Inn hasn’t been occupied since 2010 when upper class students from Misercordia University, located in Dallas used part of it for dormitory space.
Robert Friedman, 57, of Dallas, purchased the building in Nov. 2012 from Jim and Beth Harkins, who owned the property since 1988.
Friedman said recently that his plans are to bring the inn back, but keep a traditional feel of how the inn ran in 1949.
“I wanted to bring the inn back to its former glory,” Friedman said. “If it wasn’t for Jim and Beth for some of the ideas, none of this would be possible.”
Friedman currently owns the River Street Jazz Café in Wilkes-Barre and Friedman Farms in Dallas Township, which has been a popular spot for weddings since 2007. He is also a consultant for Friedman’s Electric Company, located in Exeter.
Friedman said that the 58-acre inn will give a guest that comes in a place of tranquility and relaxation. There will be 10 standard rooms with their own separate bathroom that the public can stay in for a day or a week.
“People ask me all the time that there are not a lot of places to stay in throughout the Back Mountain or between Dallas and Tunkhannock.
“The inn will feature from local soft rock band concerts to jazz ensembles that will perform occasionally,” Friedman said. “The inn will also have a pianist who will play during dinner at a restaurant inside.”
Friedman also said that there will be an on-site full service restaurant and bar.
“The restaurant will feature a fine dining experience with American cuisine, while the bar will offer casual dining,” Friedman said. “Some of the bar’s food will feature an array of items including some sandwiches.”
Behind the bar is a pathway that will lead guests into a 2,700 square ft. outdoor patio.
Friedman said that people can rent the outdoor patio for an outing or special events.
“The public can rent the patio for parties and special gatherings,” Friedman said. “They can also order from both the fine and casual menus for food.”
Adjacent to the left of the patio is a botanical garden which will offer more than 200 varieties of plants and shrubs.
Robert Rave, of Rave’s Plant Center in Dallas, is in charge with the landscaping around the inn.
Rave said that the garden will give guests an opportunity to view an assortment of plants that will bloom throughout the year.
“The garden will feature nameplates for each type of plant that is grown throughout the garden,” Rave said. “There will also be a book that the public can purchase that will give a more detailed description about each plant.”
Rave also said that people driving past the inn will be able to view witch hazel, which is a type of yellow flower that will start to bloom as early as March of this year. There will also be an assortment of flowering cherry trees that will be located throughout the parking lot to the left of the inn.
“We want people who visit the inn to feel like they have their own space for nature,” Rave said. “We want them to be in a whole different world of nature and excitement.”
Friedman said he hopes to have the inn up and running by May of this year.