ROGUE RIVER LODGE CLOSES RESTAURANT & LOUNGE OPERATION IN MAIN BUILDING BUT CONTINUES RIVERSIDE VENUES AND EVENTS
Effective immediately the Rogue River Lodge will operate exclusively as a riverside venue and event center, operating seasonally from May through October. The Lodge will continue to offer overnight accommodations in Cabin#2 with the same level of authenticity and hospitality that many have enjoyed throughout the years.
As a result of this change in strategy, the restaurant and lounge operations will close effective Thursday, November 5th.
Owners Anne and Lee Kimball lamented that although it was a difficult decision, they wanted to ensure that the transition was made quickly in an effort to ensure that their employees had the opportunity of securing employment prior to the busy, holiday season and will be reaching out to local restauranteurs for potential opportunities. Anne commented "staffing of the right team has been challenging - both from a culinary and a service staff. We are proud of the number of employees who have been with us from the beginning, being part of their professional growth and are confident that each one will continue to be successful in their careers."
As Lee Kimball stated, "the restaurant industry continues to be challenging from an economic perspective with new pending legislation that will increase labor costs, payroll taxes, insurance and other escalating operating expenses, while experiencing shrinking profit margins. We are in a regional area that is seasonal and although we have enjoyed a significant number of successful events throughout the summer, the profitability of the business it is not sufficient to offset our fixed overhead expenses year round. We recognized the need to shift strategies to minimize these expenses, while utilizing the significant investment that has been made with this unique property and capitalize the reputation we have developed as one of the Upper Rogue's premium event centers."
As a riverside event center/venue, the Lodge will provide simplified reservation experience - providing onsite rentals for all party/wedding/reception needs, including furniture, linens, flatware, plate ware, etc. The Kimball's' have created strategic partnerships with a select number of caterers, musicians, photographers, so as to make the event planning seamless for guests. The Lodge website is being revamped to be more interactive and user friendly, providing guests with a full list of services and pricing for their event needs.
The Kimball's are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of our guests lives - seeing them through marriage proposals, weddings, anniversaries and even celebration of life events over the years. In retrospect, Anne stated "our goal was to provide guests with a warm welcome into our home…experiencing our hospitality, while enjoying Executive Chef Nick Lowe's cuisine - creating truly memorable dining experiences through his creative and artistic entrée presentations. As an event center, we intend to build upon our reputation as one of the Upper Rogue's most popular event venues."
The Kimball's will continue to handle all inquiries and event coordination directly. For questions, please contact us at email@example.com. Reservations for the lodge can be made through VRBO.com. Any gift cards can be utilized for stays at this popular destination.
An all-day menu featuring both a casual fare and delectable dinners after 5 greet our guests on both dining levels; the main dining room or the River View Room.
The lodge is located on scenic Highway 62 in Trail, just a short drive from the cities of Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass. Situated on two acres overlooking the Rogue River and only 62 miles from the entrance to Crater Lake National Park.
May 25, 2016
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