Sam’s debuts lounge, Timber Inn renovates

Okemo Valley businesses recover after Irene

Head Chef Patrick Norton and Office Manager Patti Williams of Sam’s Steakhouse and Prime Lounge.

Head Chef Patrick Norton and Office Manager Patti Williams of Sam’s Steakhouse and Prime Lounge. Photo by Don Dill

— Two adjacent businesses, an eatery and a motel, recently completed renovations. Each now offers the newest lounge and guest rooms in the Okemo Valley.

Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, visited Sam's Steakhouse to see the recent bar and lounge renovation, designed by Malgosia Urbanoicz of Commercial Arts in Burlington and contracted by Dave Berry Woodworking of Ludlow.

Sam’s owner Wally Sabotka said the recent work completes the renovations needed after Tropical Storm Irene.

The restaurant reopened for business shortly after Thanksgiving 2011, Sabotka said, but the bar and lounge project took longer.

“They added additional dining with 34 seats and 10 seats available at the bar, which was renamed Prime,” Graf said. Also, an extensive bar menu was developed with burgers and sandwiches priced from $8 to $10. Both bar and regular menu are available nightly from 5 p.m.

“You have to check out PRIME, the newest bar and lounge in Ludlow,” Graf said.

Across Route 103, the Timber Inn Motel sported renovations, according to co-owner Glenn Heitsmith.

Like Sam’s, the motel was inundated with more than five feet of water during the Aug. 28, 2011 storm. Heitsmith showed off the work on five ground-floor guest rooms.

“We replaced everything that got wet and chose to include significant bathroom upgrades, such as Toto toilets and tile floors by Peter Dodge,” he said.

Carpets, windows, doors, pillow-top mattresses, 32-inch television screens, bedding, linen, fixtures and appliances are new.

R.T. Weiss, Builder of Plymouth was the lead carpenter on the Timber Inn project, which also included services from Master Plumbing of Cuttingsville, Mike Copping Electric of Chester, Young’s Propane of Springfield, Skip Munro (reconstruction and grounds work) of Mount Holly, LaValley’s Building Supply of Ludlow and more.

Heitsmith, whose family has owned the Timber Inn since 1986, expects to complete renovations to the motel’s four remaining ground-floor guest rooms by late summer 2013.

“We're glad to have these two businesses almost completely back in business one year later!” Graf said.

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