The iconic bed and breakfast and its infamous buffet are making a comeback in downtown Tallassee. Hotel Talisi is finally showing signs of major progress after an arson heavily damaged the building in 2009.
The hotel, and Tallassee's sleepy downtown, are expected to make a resurgence by the end of the year.
Owner Wylie Troupe has finally found the right combination to get the riverside gem back in business. Walking in the door, it's easy to separate old from now starting with the now-exposed subfloor in the dining area.
"This is the prep back here, we've enlarged it," Troupe says of improvements.
The room most folks are concerned about - the buffet - will remain in the same location and the same cooks are coming back to kick off the operation.
While the formal dining room is informally holding all the items lost through demolition, it's also larger and will be open Friday through Sunday in addition to a new lounge.
Troupe is also working to put all the trim work back into the building and is looking to restore the 1920s building with period sensitive, art deco decor.
One element that wasn't lost, the ghost that haunted one particular bedroom, has already left her mark on the new window. "See how thick," Troupe said pointing toward it.
The cars and shops that packed downtown Tallassee before the fire are gone because the hotel carried the downtown area. It's where everyone shopped and ate.
When the project is finished, Troupe will have invested more than $1 million into the building with a proposed net worth topping over $5 million.
Suspect Dylan Carroll was charged with arson, among other felony charges after setting an adjoining business on fire to cover up a robbery. He remains behind bars and was recently indicted for escape in the second degree.
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