The Scotia Inn and Gallagher’s Pub in Scotia have closed and will remain closed, at least temporarily. The current management company has chosen not to renew its lease for operating the historic hotel and the restaurant, located in the Scotia Inn pub.
“We are currently marketing the property for sale,” said Frank Bacik, president of Town of Scotia Company, owner of the Scotia Inn building. “We hope to locate an experienced Inn manager and restaurateur to either own and/or operate the businesses.”
Family-owned and operated Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, also located in the Scotia inn Building, is planning to continue operations, including serving lunch and dinner and open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. At Miguel’s, everything is made from fresh ingredients and cooked in the authentic style, straight from Mexico. Diners will enjoy recipes that have been passed down for generations in the Paz family. Head chef Miguel Paz has 12 years of restaurant experience.
The historic Scotia Inn was built in the 1920s and was originally used as a boarding house for mill workers at The Pacific Lumber Company, as well as a guest hotel. The Scotia Inn has 22 guest rooms open to the public, although they are not available while the inn is closed.
Gallagher’s Irish Pub opened in the Scotia Inn in February 2014.
According to an article in the February 2017 Rio Dell-Scotia News, published by the Rio Dell-Scotia Chamber of Commerce and the Rio Dell Community Resource Center, the partnership that has been managing the Scotia Inn and Gallagher’s Irish Pub in Scotia is dissolving. The article states the partners of Gallagher’s Irish Pub Inc., President Wes Paden and Vice president Kelly Erben are going separate ways, and that Gallagher’s Irish Pub in Old Town Eureka will not be impacted and will remain open to the public. The same article also says that according to Paden, the pub in Scotia will close for a time, but could reopen as early as March under a new name, and with new offerings. No other details are given.
A statement on the Scotia Inn website says “Gallagher’s Irish Pub has moved back to Old Town Eureka.”
According to Bacik, the ideal situation would be to find the right person to promote and manage the Scotia Inn, and even better would be to find an individual or group that would purchase the business, and manage it as well.