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Old B & B opening tomorrowMARATHON – There will be a grand opening tomorrow for the old Adobe Rose Inn near downtown Marathon.The building has opened as a bed and breakfast and “Father Rick” Ruiz with Lil’ Jimmy and Tony Lujan will entertain at the opening at 7 p.m. tomorrow at 102 South First, just south of the railroad tracks.Spokesman Tim Thayer said a suggested donation of $10 will help the Marathon Volunteer Fire Department acquire a new brush fire truck to replace a 28-year-old military surplus truck the town is now using.He said the open house will feature “great food, an open bar and live music.”Thayer said his sister, Lisa Cameron of Bandera, acquired the property next to the James Evans Art Gallery in 1998 and converted it into a bed and breakfast.He said she put the property up for sale and a cousin, Alan C. Byron of Boston, bought the old inn.He plans to offer rooms starting at $125 per night with complimentary cocktails in a “common room” on the second floor.The room opens onto a second-story balcony as does one of the sleeping rooms.The common room also features a television with Dish Network satellite service.Each room has a small DVD player and a large bedroom in the back also includes a 32-inch flat-screen television set.Thayer said Byron will stay in that room when he is in town, which he said could be as much as six months out of the year.“He has business interests to attend to in Boston or he’d be here all the time,” Thayer said. Another room in a 32-foot Airstream travel trailer also has a television.Thayer said the business has some 300 movies on DVD to let clients use.Byron also plans to open a Southwest, “Tex-Mex” restaurant with seating indoors and out, Thayer said.Byron said Jane Lord Dunning will operate the restaurant. She is the proprietor of two successful restaurants in Maine with Southwest cuisine.Byron said Dunning will collaborate with and share the management of the restaurant with Thayer and Tara Sechrest.The restaurant, to be known as “Rondo Luna,” will be open in the next few weeks.The building was originally built in 1898 and was once owned by Lucille French, who started the French Grocery Store in Marathon.
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