By JACK WEATHERLY
The Lyric Hotel in the West End District in Cleveland will open on Aug. 4, developer and owner Dinesh Chawla said in a release issued late Sunday.
The opening had been pegged to July 27, but “we cannot compete with the generous offer by the federal government of $600 a week on top of regular unemployment. That is ending, and folks know the gravy train leads to a dead end, whereas hard work is available to those who sign up now with us,” Chawla said.
“We have major event bookings throughout August, some in September, and another ‘boomlet’ in October.
“The property will open with little fanfare or promotion in August. There is a phase 3 of building that I would like to start in August or September that will take us to the next level.
The 17-acre, $20 million District at West End will include approximately 100 rooms, suites and extended-stay accommodations; a 6,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; a 5,000-square-foot event hall; two acres of outdoor festival space and multiple entertainment outlets including two full-service restaurants.
The project was to be first Scion hotel in a chain operated by the Trump Organization and run by President Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, though the Trumps announced in January 2019 the projected chain was going to be abandoned, while they praised the Chawlas.
“We’re building something that literally has never been done before in the Delta, in Mississippi, and most places I know in the whole USA. Nothing wrong with being an original. That’s what makes America a nifty place to live and dream in.”
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