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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