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Bristol Lions Hear from New Owner of the Inn 01/14/2015

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King Lion Brendan Donegan (left) thanks Steve Hawks for his presentation.

King Lion Brendan Donegan (left) thanks Steve Hawks for his presentation.

The Jan 5th meeting of the Bristol Area Lions was held at the Hawks House Inn (formerly the Brannon Bunker Inn) in Walpole. New owner Steve Hawks spoke of his background in food services, hospitality and retail marketing and presented his plans for the renovated inn.

Hawks grew up in central New York state, where his first job while in high school was in a kitchen. He graduated in 1986 from S.U.N.Y. Morrisville and studied food service administration and hotel management. Upon graduation, he moved to Miami and worked in the kitchen for Marriott, but after a year decided corporate kitchens didn’t give him the autonomy he desired.

In 1987 he moved to Maine to work as a cook on commercial fishing boats for a year. The next two years were spent in a variety of restaurants, including his own catering food truck in Portland.

Hawks next went to Maui and worked on day cruises for a year. Since meeting Peter and Kim Erskine, he has worked at Mexicali Blues for the last 20 years while living in his own home in South Bristol.

Noticing the For Sale sign on the Brannon Bunker Inn, Hawks finally purchased it a year ago. His parents ran the inn during his last year with Mexicali Blues; he has now taken the helm.

Hawks has purchased new beds for all the rooms and plans on catering groups with a full kitchen and is completing commercial kitchen accreditation. Hawks House Inn includes the Main Inn, the Farmhouse, and the Cottage. Twelve rooms are available for guests to book, most of them are en suite. Guests can enjoy common areas, including several rooms with fireplaces, and two large screened-in porches.

Continental breakfast is served daily, and WIFI is available throughout the Inn. A common kitchen is available to guests and there is a strict no smoking policy. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the Farmhouse and the Cottage, but not the Inn, which is open year round, for more information visit http://www.hawkshousebnb.com

At the business meeting that followed, David Kolodin was thanked for organizing Liberty Day at Bristol Consolidated School for fifth graders with State Sen. Chris Johnson and Rep. Mick Devin on Dec. 12. Herb Watson was thanked for organizing the Christmas dinner at the Damariscotta River Grille on Dec. 15. Michael Hope was recognized for organizing the Christmas Food Basket distribution on Dec. 20.

The Bristol Area Lions have closed the Willing Workers Hall for the winter months and the next meeting on Feb. 2 will be at the Hawks House Inn. Our speaker will be Pemaquid resident, Stan Galvin a recent kidney donor. To make dinner reservations for that meeting call Herb Watson at 677-6191. Dinner will be Beef Stew with salad and rolls served by caterer David Atwater.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584

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