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The return of the Beaumont Inn

Rob Friedman expects to open Back Mountain landmark by end of May.

April 25. 2013 4:50PM

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The Beaumont Inn is about a month away from being reborn.

Rob Friedman, who purchased the Back Mountain landmark on Route 309 in Dallas Twp. from Jim and Beth Harkins, expects to open his newest venture by the end of May.

“It’s going to be spectacular,” Friedman said of the inn which, except for a one-year stint as a housing unit for Misericordia University students, has sat idle for about seven years.

“I have hired an excellent group of people,” said Friedman, former owner of Friedman Electric and current owner of the Riverstreet Jazz Cafe in Wilkes-Barre and Friedman Farms in the Back Mountain.

John Golecki, an area native who lived away for about 10 years, has returned and is the executive chef while Ed Sampiero, another area native who has returned after living out of town for several years, is the manager. Liz Lynch is the inkeeper and Amy Giuli is the assistant manager and event coordinator.

Friedman has added a fireplace to the first floor dining room and installed new lighting throughout the building as well as an entirely new kitchen and windows to brighten the ambience.

Ten bedrooms on the second floor have all been remodeled, each one featuring a different theme but all with the traditional country look.

Landscaping around the building’s perimeter will feature 200 different types of perennials and trees to block the scene from the highway. A 3,000 square foot patio will overlook Leonard’s Creek which runs behind the inn and will feature outdoor dining, light entertainment and a venue for parties. New patio furniture has been ordered and a space near the patio has been cleared for games like croquet and badminton.

Crediting the Harkins family for the reputation enjoyed by the Beaumont Inn, Friedman said, “Beth ran it and it had an excellent reputation. I hope to continue the tradition they started but take it a notch farther.”

He added that Sunday brunch, which was a tradition at the Beaumont Inn for years, will continue.

Friedman’s incentive to re-open the Beaumont Inn came from guests attending weddings at Friedman Farms which, he said, is nine minutes from the inn.

“Wedding guests are always asking me where they can stay in the Back Mountain when they attend a wedding at the farm,” he said. “As you know, there are no hotels in the Back Mountain. Now, they will have somewhere to stay.”

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