Valpo eatery to open second floor for lodging
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent December 5, 2012 1:39PM
Updated: January 7, 2013 7:16AM
VALPARAISO — A new bed-and-breakfast type of lodging will open in the city’s downtown by the Popcorn Fest in September, with nice views of Central Plaza Park.
Pikk’s Tavern owner Paul LoDuca plans to make use of the second floor of his building at 62 Lincolnway now that the economy is improving.
The boutique hotel wasn’t what the DaVinci Group originally planned for the space over his restaurant. The business considered running a catering branch or a private dining area on the second floor but shelved those plans.
“When times started looking better, we looked at it again,” LoDuca said after presenting plans at the Site Review Committee meeting on Tuesday.
The lodging area will have two rooms with the exposed brick and rustic feel on the restaurant, one rental with a separate bedroom and one with a combined room.
It will offer Sunday brunch and make use of the restaurant downstairs for visitors, he said.
While rates would be similar to other lodgings around town, LoDuca expects clients will likely be visiting professors, doctors or visiting dignitaries.
“I really don’t think somebody’s going to pull off the expressway and come here,” LoDuca said.
The restaurant now uses the area for storage, and any sign for Pikk’s Bed & Breakfast would likely be in the window.
He said work should be complete between July and September.
Also at the Site Review Committee meeting, the Valpo Americans youth baseball team presented plans for a new concession stand on its fields at 3603 Oak Grove Drive.
The team hopes to get the 24-foot by 36-foot building in for next season, replacing a 10-by-12 concession stand that could be used for storage or torn down, contractor and parent Joe Drew said.
The new stand will also be used for storage, but hot dogs sold would be cooked on grills outside.
The building won’t have water, as Drew said it’s a long distance to get water lines to the area.
The Site Review Committee asked the team to improve some of the drainage on the 37 acres that holds five ball fields, by mostly deepening waterways.