A hotel in downtown Ketchum is undergoing a renovation and rebranding, and will feature a new coffee shop.
The Bellemont Hotel has closed down and will reopen as Hotel Ketchum in December. Aspen, Colo.,-based HayMax Capital acquired the Bellemont at auction last year for $4.45 million.
A coffee shop will be constructed at the site of the old Bellemont Radio Station building on Main Street, which used to house the KDPI-FM radio station. KDPI moved into the Ketchum Innovation Center last fall, and the old building was demolished.
The Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission approved designs for the new coffee shop during its meeting Monday night. The vote was 3-0 in favor of approval; Commissioners Jeff Lamoureux and Betsy Mizell were absent.
The new coffee shop will be the same size as the radio station building—1,364 square feet.
The shop is intended to cater mostly to guests at the hotel, but will also be open to the public, according to a city staff report.
Hotel Ketchum is advertising a job listing for a manager for the new coffee shop, which will brew Equator coffee in addition to serving juices and food items.
The shop has to provide eight parking spaces, which will be accommodated in the hotel’s re-striped parking lot.
The Bellemont closed down after about 30 years of operation, according to the company website. For most of those years, it was operated as a Clarion Inn. HayMax also owns the Tamarack Lodge on Sun Valley Road, and encourages people to book rooms there until Hotel Ketchum reopens.
In February, the company received a building permit for $850,000 worth of work to repair and re-roof the building, according to city of Ketchum records. Shannon Allen, representing Hotel Ketchum before the P&Z, said the property will undergo a full interior and exterior remodel.
HayMax acquired the 58-room Bellemont property after former owner Peter Lewis lost it through a bankruptcy proceeding, a subsequent lawsuit and foreclosure. Lewis defaulted on a loan for the hotel during the economic recession. The property was put up for auction in early 2016 but failed to yield a suitable buyer. At a second auction in June 2016, HayMax was the successful buyer.
HayMax acquired the Tamarack Lodge for $4.1 million in December 2015.
The company also owns two hotel properties in Aspen, including the Molly Gibson Lodge and the Hotel Aspen.