Saratoga’s Longfellows Hotel is sold and expected to close in January


The hotel, conference center is reporting a change in state filing, putting nearly 80 people out of work. A non-local company will expand the property into a complex, sources said.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Longfellows Hotel, Restaurant & Conference Center, for decades a destination for dining, weddings and all manner of gatherings in a century-old building that was once a dairy barn between the Northway and Lake Saratoga, will close in mid- January, according to a filing with the state Department of Labor.

The company, owned since 1996 by Steve Sullivan, has been sold, according to three people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. The buyer is a non-local business that intends to expand the property at 500 Union Ave. into a resort town, the sources said. Others involved in the Sarataoga restaurant and real estate scenes said new owners in recent months have visited Spa City hotels and event venues to better identify gaps in local offerings.

The last day of activity will be Jan. 22, according to the filing with the state. New York’s WARN law, short for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide 90 days notice of intent to close or make mass layoffs. Longfellows, with hotel rooms, banquet halls, meeting rooms and a restaurant, has 78 employees, according to the filing Oct. 24.

A representative for Longfellow could not be reached early Wednesday.

Sullivan also owns the Olde Bryan Inn in Saratoga, which began as an inn in 1773 and over the centuries has served as a tavern, blacksmith shop, laundry, and private home. Sullivan and his partners reopened it as an inn and restaurant in 1981.

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