110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
They will operate hotel on third floor
posted Nov 13, 2013 - 2:54:33pm
With their new venture at the Artisan Inn, sisters Sarah and Hina Patel have one foot on familiar ground, and the other in foreign territory.
The Patels will operate a hotel on the third floor, home to eight suite-style rooms that will be available for $150-$200 per night. Each has a room with a bed, and an adjoining room with a sleeper sofa.
For 15 years, the sisters operated the University Inn at 644 N. Woodland Blvd., and family members have other hotel and motel properties.
But, on the ground floor at 215 S. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand, the Patel sisters will operate a restaurant and lounge — something they’ve never done.
They’re counting on the expertise of a chef who has years of experience around the world.
Jason Bruner of Lake Mary, the son of a New Orleans cafe owner and a longtime restaurant worker, trained in the culinary arts and operated restaurants in New York City, Hawaii, China, Australia, Italy, and the Big Easy, and on International Drive at the heart of Orlando’s tourism district.
“We’re very excited about Jason,” Hina Patel said. “We’re very fortunate to find him.”
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