Changes on tap for the Sutter

By on June 13, 2018

Changes are coming to the historic General Sutter Hotel property.

The structure, which has been situated at the corner of Main and Broad in downtown Lititz for more that 250 years, is poised for several upgrades to the inside and outside of the building over the next year.

“Last March, when my wife Susan and I bought the The Sutter and Bulls Head Public House, we made a commitment to invest into both the physical property and our employees,” said owner David Stoudt. “We also committed not to make significant changes.”

The planned renovation is comprised of several phases, many of which have already been completed.

Phase I, which is finished, focused on improvements to employees’ working conditions and benefits. There was a concentration in the working conditions and safety in the kitchen, as well as a healthcare option offered for those employees who needed this service. Partnering with Lancaster General/Penn Medicine, the owners enrolled a significant number of their employees into Rock Medical, a healthcare clinic located at Pod 2 at Rock Lititz north of the downtown.

Renovations to the historic General Sutter Hotel include a total overhaul of the existing hotel lounge and dining room.

Phase II, which is also complete, involved the refurbishing and creation of two new suites on the second floor of the hotel. Permanent air conditioning was also installed throughout the second floor, which replaced previous window units.

Phase III, which is currently in progress, is a total overhaul of the existing dining room and hotel lounge. Stoudt is working with Beers+Hoffman Architecture for the design, and Benchmark Construction for the plan’s execution.

“Our goal was to create a more modern space that was more ‘craft cocktail’ forward with a notch more upscale,” said Stoudt. “We will be offering an enhanced wine inventory and ‘by the glass’ options to attract and appeal to a wider spectrum of patrons. We will be splitting the tap lines from our main pub, and bringing the entire selection up to our new lounge. This will be really convenient for our patrons and employees logistically, having our full selection of craft beers also being available in the new lounge.”

Demolition started the day after Memorial Day. A forecasted completion is slated for the end of July. The next project on the horizon (Phase IV) is the complete rework of the on-site patio. Scope of work includes a permanent, full-service bar centered on the patio. Clair Solutions has designed and engineered an entire new audio system to support live music and other events on their behalf. Stoudt also noted that emphasis was placed on patrons’ comfort while enjoying this area. Strategic sun protection, as well as fans and heating elements, are being designed into the location.

“Lots of care and love went into the design and selection of foliage elements that divide the patio from the square of Lititz,” he said. “Derck & Edson had free rein to simply make Lititz residents and our patrons proud.” The owners are hopeful to roll out the new patio for the 2019 season.

“I cannot emphasize enough that this was a local effort, working with all local employers and patrons to benefit our community,” Stoudt added. “Of course, all of this would not have been possible without our continued financial support from BB&T.”

Originally called the Zum Anker Inn and built in 1764, the structure was eventually renamed the Lititz Springs Hotel. Then, in 1930, the popular downtown destination was rebranded, and renamed the General Sutter Hotel in honor of Lititz’s most famous former resident.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at or 717-721-4423. 

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