“We are looking forward to continuing the many contributions made by the hotel and restaurant for the communities we serve,” Rusty Eldridge said. “We want to become active, supportive and engaging members of Cleveland and Bradley County.”
Longtime owner Dale Hughes said he enjoyed his time with the hotel, and “working with the public has been a delightful experience.”
After 15 years of ownership, Hughes said he felt it was time to sell and focus his efforts on his other business interests.
“Through the years, owning the Mountain View Inn has been a great experience for Brenda and myself. We have literally met thousands of people who have enhanced our lives, and we are truly grateful for the many relationships that have been built through the years from being owners of the Mountain View Inn,” Hughes said.
Hughes said he wanted to thank the staff that had made the establishment a success: manager Cindy Ramezanipour, manager Richie Hughes, director of maintenance Jr. Sharp, server captain Deb Geren , kitchen manager Bird Pritchett, John Strzelecki, Karen Hendricks, Ann Hames, Lino Gomez, catering director Rebecah Atkins, cook Codi Zackery, Donna Whittmaier, Meghan Moody, Wanda Ide, Tyler Adams, Kayla Denton, Rebecca Davis and Freddie Dover.
“Rusty seems to have a passion for the place,” Hughes said.
Rusty Eldridge said the company had been looking for the “the right property, the right opportunity” for years.
“We believe this is the right property, right community and the right owners that we’ve worked with. We feel like we have made friends as well as business associates,” Eldridge said. “We feel it is the premiere hotel in Cleveland.”
The relationship between local civic organizations and the hotel will continue. Eldridge said he wanted the clubs to continue to meet at the hotel. Each of the names of the meeting rooms will remain the same, as will the name of Keri’s Restaurant.
“I’ve been a Rotarian in the past. I’ve been a Kiwanis member in the past. We want Civitan, Lions Club, you name it. We want those affiliations to continue and to grow,” Eldridge said.
Hughes said he appreciated the local Rotary, Kiwanis, Civitan and Lions Clubs holding their meetings at the Mountian View Inn. The longtime owner also said he appreciated Mayor Tom Rowland, Mayor Gary Davis, Sen. Mike Bell, Representative Eric Watson, Steve Crump, Charles Poteet, Dave and Duane Gilbert and Sen. Dewayne Bunch using the hotel for their gatherings.
He also noted how thankful he was to Lee University, Cleveland State Community College, Church of God International Offices, Westmore Church of God, North Cleveland Church of God, St. Therese of Lisieux, First Baptist Cleveland and other nonprofits that consistently chose Mountain View Inn as their meeting place.
“I certainly trust that the Cleveland and Bradley County community will support Rusty Eldridge and his wife, Mary Ellen, as they assume the ownership with tremendous enthusiasm. The sky is the limit with the Mountain View Inn,” Hughes said.
Under the new ownership, there will be some enhanced services offered. Eldridge said Enclave Properties LLC has secured BusinessClass and WelcomeHome Studios franchises.
Each will cater to different needs of those staying at the hotel. BusinessClass will provide business travelers with “an upper-scale environment.” WelcomeHome Studios will provide opportunity for those needing to stay at the hotel for an extended length of time, such as a corporate manager transitioning to Cleveland still looking for housing, Eldridge said.
The hotel owners are also pursuing other franchise partnerships.
“Our vision for the future of Mountain View Inn is based on accentuating all of the positives and great assets of the hotel and restaurant,” Eldridge said.
“The hotel’s spacious and comfortable guest rooms, scenic views of the mountains and valleys, awesome courtyard gardens and ambience will be enhanced with new BusinessClass services catering to weekday business travelers and Treat‘n’Repeat retreat services geared to casual, weekend and holiday guests.”
The Eldridges have been wanting to move to Cleveland for the past several years.
Their daughter, Mallory, also plans to move to Cleveland and work in the hotel.