The Crookston Inn & Convention Center has turned over a new leaf. New owners, Todd and Nicole Jacobson, have put a lot of time and money into the freshly renovated hotel, restaurant and lounge. Since they took over the place this past spring, they re-did all the rooms with new beds, linens, furniture, and flat screen televisions. Everything now has a clean comfortable feel, Todd said. "That was the most necessary part," he told the Times.
When he agreed to purchase the Crookston Inn, he knew he had a lot of remodeling to do. Jacobson, however, wasn't prepared for what he would find when he did finally take the reigns. He has hired all new staff and is working his way through the building to find everything that needs to be fixed.
Besides the rooms themselves, Jacobson and his crew have done a lot of other updating. Outside there is new landscaping. Inside they have repainted the pool area, installed new pumps in the pool and put in an auto chemical filter which will help regulate the pool itself. Other additions to the pool area include new entrance doors, furniture and pool towels. The kitchen area has some new equipment and they will be looking at renovating the dining room more in the future. Items on the Jacobsons' "to do" list include: new wallpaper in the halls, a new parking lot (next summer), new doors throughout, new carpeting, painting the outside, revamping the lobby area with a fireplace and big screen television, and new windows.
One thing changed that has made the Jacobson's especially proud is the quality of the food. They have a new chef and new menu. Their lunch buffet, specifically, is something they're really looking to tout. A sample of offerings on a recent buffet included black forest ham, slow roasted turkey, homemade mashed potatoes, brown gravy, soft rolls and a salad bar. Jacobson said the goal is to make the buffet items delicious, while getting customers in, out and back to work in as fast as 15 minutes if need be.
The Jacobsons have invested $600,000 of their own money into the Crookston Inn so far and they're now trying to get the word out that "things have changed." Their goal is to get weddings to come back to the facility as they still have the spacious ballroom. With the change in ownership, Jacobson said he and Nicole are starting to see more positive customer reviews, which, he added, is huge in the lodging industry.
Jacobson says they've come a long way in a short period of time and he can "finally feel a groove."