The History of the Inn at Montrose
In 1812, Isaac P. Foster from South Hampton, Long Island built a home here on South Main Street with his tannery in the back. Soon after, the house became the Keeler Hotel. The basement was the site of the first jail in Montrose, termed "confinement for breakers of the public peace." About 1874, following Mr. Keeler's death, the hotel and tannery were sold by administrator's sale. Over the next 30 years, the hotel changed hands numerous times.
In 1918, the building was owned by John Burke and was named The Exchange Hotel. During that time period, Montrose experienced numerous devastating fires. In July, 1918, the Exchange Hotel was destroyed by fire. The headlines read, "oil stove used in thawing out frozen water pipes sets fire to building. Two occupants leap from window in scant attire. No one injured." Mr. Burke began rebuilding the Exchange Hotel, which was also destroyed by fire during construction. After a few years, in 1929, the building was erected in its current location.
That building, which still exists today, has changed owners, floor plans, and names over the years. Some names that local folks might remember are; Donlin Hotel, Commercial Hotel, The Montrose House, the Inn at Montrose, and McCormack's at the Inn.
The current owners, Dan and Gretchen Backer bought and renovated the Inn through the cold winter of 2008. The Inn at Montrose featured an Irish Pub, casual dining rooms, and 12 cozy rooms. Since then, Dan and Gretchen have expanded their business to include The Hotel, long-term stay apartment buildings, and The Inn Gym.
This new year, 2021, brings our newest venture. During the past several months, a complete renovation has been under way. We offer a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, wings, fried chicken, and desserts. Plus, the newest menu addition, milkshakes.
Our new adage is "Friends, Food, and Fun!" We want people to feel comfortable in our restaurant to enjoy good food and drinks, good service, and good company. Also, at this time, we are COVID compliant. Our servers, bartenders, and kitchen staff will be wearing masks and sanitizing frequently. We ask that all of our guests also wear a mask entering and walking around the restaurant.
We are excited about our changes and are looking forward to serving you. Please come have some fun with us while enjoying your family and friends and good food!