"Hotel doctor" makes call on Drawbridge Inn

By Sara Celi – bio | email

FORT MITCHELL, KY (FOX19) - Morris Lasky is a business man who says he can unlock the gates to profitability for Fort Mitchell's Drawbridge Inn. He's been working in the hotel business for decades, and got his nickname when he started turning around failing hotels.

"Let's get the vans painted, let's get the signs painted, let's get the people in uniforms and lets give them a free breakfast," said Lasky of some of the changes he's making at the hotel.

The Drawbridge Inn went into foreclosure last year, and Lasky's an officer of court and employed by the bank. His business is to take the place from running the red, to the black. For the Drawbridge, that starts with things like new signs.

"We're not calling it the Drawbridge Inn anymore, we are calling it the Drawbridge Hotel," said Lasky.

He and his team have a mock up design of the sign they say drivers and passerby will see outside the Drawbridge about three weeks.

"The Drawbridge has had a wonderful run over the years, but we needed to make some changes to stay viable," say Carol Cooper, the general manager.

For Lasky, that means a goal of 80 percent regular occupancy for this hotel. He says he can do it in less than a year.

"We're spending a lot of time making sure that the guests are getting a really good value for their money, and that they are taken good care while they are at the hotel," said Lasky.

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