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4/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Historic hotel, neighbors to open soon in downtown Kingman
From left, Ed Silverman, Brenda Marker and her dog Hope, and Chrisina Silverman stand on the front balcony of Hotel Brunswick. KIM STEELE/Miner
From left, Ed Silverman, Brenda Marker and her dog Hope, and Chrisina Silverman stand on the front balcony of Hotel Brunswick.
Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Work is ramping up as four adjoining businesses along Route 66 - including the historic Hotel Brunswick - prepare to welcome customers this summer and fall.

The hotel and a potential restaurant within it are slated to open in September, and an ice cream parlor and bakery will be operating by the middle of June. The ice cream parlor, called Route 66 Ice Cream and Sweets, Inc., will be run by Brenda Marker, co-owner of B & G Accounting and Tax LLC in downtown Kingman.

Ed and Christina Silverman currently own the bakery, called Route 66 Bakery, and operate it out of their home. A restaurant for the hotel has not been determined yet, and developer Werner Fleischmann is searching for a tenant who will provide home-cooked, family-style meals.

"Kingman really needs all this," said Marker. "It needs entrepreneurs who are willing to spend the time and effort to bring this area back. They must have the vision to succeed here. It's not about the money, because that doesn't come until later."

Fleischmann is currently remodeling the three-story hotel at 315 E. Andy Devine Ave and adding a restaurant in the 12,000 square foot building. Also, he is renovating the former 2,000 square foot Old Trails Garage at 311 E. Andy Devine Ave. for the ice cream parlor and full-service bakery.

Fleischmann has been coming to Kingman at least three times a year for the last 20 years.

In that time, he's developed land, sold real estate, bought properties and rented them out. He owns commercial property at 432 Beale St. that houses three small businesses, and just bought the old J.C. Penney store at Fourth and Beale streets.

Hotel Brunswick was built in 1909 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Throughout the last century, the hotel has seen numerous owners come and go. It was closed between the late 1970s and late 1990s, and after it reopened in 1997, a handful of owners gave running the business their best shot. One after another, their attempts fell short, and the historic building's doors have been closed since 2010.

"Werner is leaving everything as it was when the hotel was popular," said Marker. "It will be an old-time hotel with a modern flair. This is going to be great for downtown Kingman and for Route 66."

Marker said the hotel's 30 rooms will be accessible to handicapped patrons, and an elevator is being installed in the building. Marker said the hotel will consist of Cowboy and Cowgirl rooms, each containing twin beds and a shared a central bathroom; Railroad rooms, with full beds and bathrooms between the suites; and two Cadillac suites behind the ice cream parlor and bakery, complete with queen beds and kitchenettes.

All rooms will have access to the courtyard, which will feature a garden and block wall.

Marker said Route 66 Ice Cream and Sweets Inc. will offer hand-dipped ice cream, including sugar-free and soy, in gluten-free cones. The business will sell shakes, floats, banana splits and sundaes, as well as old-fashioned candy. Marker said she will work with the bakery to use their brownies and other products in her creations.

The Silvermans, who sell their goodies at area stores and gas stations, are looking forward to creating an environment where customers can meet and share coffee and treats.

"Our business has dictated our need to move to a bigger location, and we want to serve the community better," said Ed Silverman. "We appreciate the historic value of Kingman as a city and Route 66 being the heart of it and bringing everything together.

"We're excited, and believe the combination of ice cream and bakery goods will make this a sweet house."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Gregg Arnold

That's great! I can't wait to go and enjoy the food and soak up the history of that incredible building!

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

I'm excited about these opening up. My very best wishes. Can hardly wait for the ice cream shop. And gluten free cones. Hooray!

I notice two people knocking the antique store in the old theatre (actually that would be the newer theatre to me) but you get the best prices and tons of choices there. I have probably bought a thousand items there and had a ball with them including old pumps, antique furniture, farm equipment wheels, dishes and everything in between. No way you could buy these items for the prices you do there - he can sell cheaper because he just piles it all up. But he gets different stuff every week. I have a ball digging through there so don't mess with the fun lots of us have down there.

Let's dwell on the progress here. The old Central building got renovated - needs something in it, there are nice businesses next to it. The worst for me are the horrible colors the buildings like El Palacios are being painted.


Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: Nice To Dream

D.P. it is a real shame what has become of the old downtown theater. It's nice to see a "business" in there and it must be meeting the needs of a certain clientele however I really wonder how the fire department can ignore the fire danger it poses and how a quick easy exit is nearly impossible.

But D.P. it would indeed be nice if someone with very deep pockets and an unbelievable community spirit would sock big bucks to turn that building into a community theater.

Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: Old Desert Woman

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I'll be sure to spend a little of my money and time enjoying these new businesses. What an asset, let's support it. Now if we could only get the passenger train to stop at an hour to enjoy these new businesses.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: patty hertz

@D.P. You (and others) say "we" could do this and "we" should do that. No one is stopping you. Why don't YOU do Something. If I had a nickel for every time I heard "I've been waiting for something like this to happen" I'd be rich. I've done it, Now you "we" people waiting for someone else to get it done need to stop the retoric and act on something.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

I applaud these people for their doing something with the historic hotel, but until they clean up the whole block, I don't think to many people will get excited about it.
Hopefully they will keep their prices reasonable as the last people there thought they were in New York with their prices.
Good luck!

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Web Dawg

Good to hear. Wish them luck.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Good news for downtown

I'm glad to hear that the Brunswick will be reopening soon. I've been wondering how that project has been going. I think it really will be an asset for Kingman --- and now I'm kind of curious what Mr. Fleischmann has in mind for the old J.C. Penney store.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for their sucess.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: D P

Its nice to see someone that really cares about an old town atmosphere. Just the other day, I was walking down Beale doing some antique store shopping and I was just looking around and seeing all the run down, closed up buildings. With the right people willing we could turn old downtown Kingman into a really really nice shopping/tourist destination. I feel the contractors need to stop putting money down for new stuff that is continuing to clutter up Stockton Hill. Why not spend that kind of money and effort and try to renovate some of the buildings on Beale and give it that "small town" downtown atmosphere? One business that could work is a old style candy store, some sort of clothing stores. I hate to see that some of these buildings are being used for faith-based help. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But do we need 5 buildings for that? While Im at it, why not unclutter that old theater on Beale. Its filled with furniture and with the right renovations, we could turn that into a nice community theater for performances and whatnot.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Hotel Impossible

Here's hoping that all of these ventures succeed. The renovation of all of downtown is a worthy project and potential tourist attraction given the right marketing. Maybe time to call in "Hotel Impossible" for ideas for the hotel restoration.

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