Prince Hotel re-opens with new options
After a small basement fire derailed operations on March 27, the Prince Hotel in Tunkhannock is up and running again.
With over a month of downtime for the historic building, owner Sonny Mehta had a lot of time to think about what was and was not working for the business.
“The dinner menu is perfect, but I thought there were other places we could improve,” Mehta said. For one, “We have a good fine-dining reputation, but the lunch side is slow.”
For Mehta, the obvious solution was to offer more affordable lunches that appealed to a wider variety of people.
From club sandwiches and wraps to hot subs and fries, the hotel’s lunch menu meshes with local standards for menu options more than it did in the past.
Still, head chef Jim Noone believes nothing “wasn’t working” with the last menu, but it is standard for fine-dining restaurants to alter their menus periodically.
“Everything was working fine, but you want to switch your menu every so often,” Noone said.
Along with a new and improved lunch menu, Mehta also worked with chefs and employees to conjure a new bar menu, serving food from 9 p.m. to midnight every night.
“After nine, there’s not much here - it sort of gets dead,” Mehta said. “Whoever is looking for food after nine, now they know where to go.”
To coincide with the bar menu, Mehta will also be organizing weekly events featuring specials on the bar menu, such as ‘Wing Night’ or ‘Taco Night.’
He believes that, with the high-definition televisions placed abundantly around the bar, the Prince can become a gathering place on weeknights.
Added to that is a new delivery service aimed to harbor more of a lunch crowd.
The restaurant and hotel officially reopened Friday.
The fire, which caused virtually no damage to the structure, damaged or altered the fire alarm systems, leading to the lengthy closing of the building.