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Budget Inn, 200 Zimalcrest Drive: May 2016   1 comment

Posted at 1:50 am in closing

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I noticed driving by the other day that the old Howard Johnson's on Zimalcrest Drive at Bush River has closed for remodeling. I believe it has most been under a number of flags since the Hojo days, but most recently, it was a Budget Inn.

This place is a bit unusual in that it has a strip club Thee Whiskey Tavern operating out of a suite of rooms. I have never heard of such an arrangement elsewhere (and don't know if the club is closed during the remodel). You will also remember that the attached restaurant Punjabi Dhaba suffered a fire in early 2014, and has since been torn down.

UPDATE 28 June 2016 -- Renovations continue:

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UPDATE 30 August 2016 -- Well this place is open again, now as Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham which at least sounds a bit more upscale this time. I will have to check to see if Thee Whiskey Tavern is still co-located or not:

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UPDATE 11 September 2016 -- Well Thee Whiskey Tavern is still there, something of an anomaly in a property that's trying to go a little bit more upmarket than Budget Inn:

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Written by ted on May 20th, 2016

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  1. I never quite figured this place out after HoJo left. Was always confused by the placement of the tavern and, no, I have never been there. After they tore down the Western Inn it seemed that all of the ladies of the evening moved up there. Then it became a read HOjo! Anytime you would be at the gas station or driving down Zimalcrest they would be on the second floor balconies whooping and hollering at any guy they saw. I guess that means they will be moving further up Bush River towards my way, dammit!!

    Homer

    21 May 16 at 2:18 am

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