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Red Lion Hotel
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer 

Larry Donnelly, the new General Manager of Coos Bay Red Lion Hotel, located at 1313 N. Bayshore Drive, arrived following a brief tenure at the Shilo Inn in Seaside, Oregon. Larry will tell you that he came from two places, the Shilo Inn at Seaside, while maintaining a residence in Longview Washington.

Although Larry has only lived in the bay area a short time, he has already formulated a positive opinion of the community. “It’s a pleasant little town with great potential for growth. I’ve managed other properties on the Oregon Coast…years ago I ran the Howard Johnson in Waldport. I also managed the Holiday Inn Express at Ocean Shores in Washington. I love coastal properties; I think they have a unique flavor. The smaller communities afford me the chance to get to know people more readily than bigger cities”.

Larry Donnelly has been the manager of the Red Lion Hotel since March 23 of 2015.

Red Lion is pet-friendly with 144 guest rooms, a fitness center, seasonal pool and hot tub, Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle, and bike rentals. They also offering full-service catering to complement their multi-use meeting and banquet facilities, which are perfect for any function.  Whether it be a wedding, holiday party or training, Larry says their staff will ensure your next event will be a success. Their restaurant, Brickstone’s, is open for guests and the public for both breakfast and dinner.

Under the leadership of Oscar Sermeno, Brickstone’s has also enhanced their staff with the addition of several new line cooks and wait staff. “They’re doing a fantastic job,” says Larry. “I have been eating here nearly every day since my arrival and can attest to the quality of our food. We offer an Early Bird Special from 5-6:30pm and our regular menu runs the gauntlet from burgers and fries to succulent steaks, salads and seafood.”

Many changes have been occurring at the Coos Bay location. “We just had a successful Mother’s Day Brunch and the Valentines Dinner Special was a hit,” says Larry. “We hope to be doing more events in the near future. We recently kicked-off our Prime Rib Special on Saturday nights at the restaurant. My staff and I have also considered having more community-involved activities like BBQs, and Wine Tasting, and would love to include the local breweries, wineries and distilleries.”

When asked why he chose local advertising, Larry replied, “I’m finding that a lot of local people don’t realize that our restaurant is open. We felt advertising in the Shopper was a good way in which to get the word out. We also felt the Shopper allowed us to tap into something local that reflects the flavor of many within the community. I felt our Prime Rib Special was extremely successful, following our advertising in your paper.”

Larry has big plans for the hotel to have a stronger presence in our community. “Recently, we made contributions to the Oregon Coast Community Action. As a retired Navy veteran, I stopped in at the Veterans Center in North Bend, where we may be forming a partnership with them in order to provide employment to local veterans. We are also looking to reconnect with many of the service groups that previously utilized the Red Lion for their weekly meetings”.

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy some fine dining, anticipate out-of-town guests or are in search of meeting or banquet facilities for your next event, give the Red Lion a call at 541-267-4141. Larry finished with, “Yes, we can fill our rooms with one-night travelers, but I would really love to see Coos Bay become a destination spot, where people come and stay for several days and explore what we have to offer.”

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