TORONTO, July 17, 2015 /CNW/ - After 24 years owning and operating the century-old landmark Old Mill Toronto, Lark Hospitality President Michael Kalmar has announced sale of the iconic restaurant, hotel and banquet complex to a respected asset and property management group directed by Frank De Luca, long-time resident of Etobicoke.
Expressing mixed emotions at now "ending this chapter in the century-long ancestry of the Old Mill Toronto", Kalmar cited "three distinctive elements functioning in harmonious collaboration over the past hundred years to bring this cherished aspect of our city's cultural life to the international prominence it enjoys today:
"At the forefront were the visionaries, risk-takers, and entrepreneurs who guided growth and transformation of the ever- evolving complex throughout its existence – founder Robert Home Smith, followed by the dynamic William Hodgson, and latterly, George and Michael Kalmar, the father/son team who orchestrated the addition of a boutique hotel and spa in 2001, and established the Home Smith Bar which has become one of the city's most popular jazz venues.
"Of primary importance, too, has been the generations of dedicated staff who have personified the value and importance of customer service as a guiding principle of Old Mill policies from our earliest beginnings. And our loyal customers, a multi-generational roster who have enjoyed, and helped create the century of memorable experiences that enrich our history."
Commenting on acquisition of the Old Mill Toronto and plans for its continuing operations, principal Frank De Luca affirmed that it will be a "seamless transition". It will continue to be operated with respect for the establishment's colorful heritage and a commitment to maintaining the integrity of its current standing in the local, national, and global communities. The vision for the future will reflect its celebrated history as a centre for the community.
SOURCE Old Mill Toronto
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