Eight months after purchasing the historic Grand Vandalia Hotel, Connie Kuda, Jim, and the rest of their family celebrated an Open House this past Sunday in Vandalia.
Approximately 50-60 people attended the three hour event on “Flag Day.”
An American Flag cake along with drinks were served to those in attendance.
Jay Hickman provided the music he played on his handmade Native American wooden flutes.
Hickman discussed his craft and music with some attendees. More information can be found at www.spiritintwoworlds.com.
Several area residents toured the hotel to see the improvements and changes.
When walking into the main foyer, an antique phone booth, fresh paint, and a clean appearance welcome those who just came through the front door. Walls were painted and several new wall fixtures are noticeable in the dining room and banquet room.
The main eating area features several of Jim Kuda’s personal gas and oil signs. Connie also has hung up some of her own kitchen signs.
The staircase features a grandfather clock and cabinet-type radio.
Eight hotel rooms and three apartments have also been cleaned and many feature some fresh paint and new bed linens.
Several old brick plant photographs are also on display after they came from the old Firebrick Café.
More renovation plans are still in the works. They include more painting and just taking one area at a time.
The Kudas are thankful for the friends and family that have helped to get the hotel to the point of holding an Open House.
For more information on the apartments, renting a room, or renting the facility for events, showers, birthday parties, or carry-in dinners, call 573-721-0668.