SANATOGA PA – Community leaders and other guests are expected to get their first look in mid-June at renovations proposed for Sunnybrook Ballroom, about two months after the non-profit foundation that owns the historic facility turned its day-to-day operation over to professional managers.
Sunnybrook Ballroom LLC, the company formed by a group of Reading area entrepreneurs chosen to run the restaurant, ballroom and conference center at 50 Sunnybrook Road, said Thursday (May 28, 2015) it planned a by-invitation-only ground-breaking ceremony and luncheon to mark “the beginning of the restoration of SunnyBrook to its original glory.”
The event is scheduled for June 12 (Friday).
The Gulati family, which has a reputation in nearby Berks County of successfully running other event center and restaurant combinations like Stokesay Castle and The Knight’s Pub, signed an agreement with directors of Sunnybrook Foundation to assume management control in March (2015). Gulati’s leadership team at those two locations, consisting of general manager Luis Pereira and executive chef Willie Brockington, has since overseen Sunnybrook as well.
At the time, President Charles Gulati promised his firm would invest about $3 million to renovate the restaurant and lounge, modify its kitchens, and create various meeting and dining rooms to accommodate parties of up to 1,000 people. Specifics of those renovations are expected to be revealed during the ceremony.
Some work, however, may begin before then. The ballroom’s website reports that its restaurant and bar, known as “Chummy’s Lounge,” will close for construction beginning June 1.
The ground-breaking also gives luncheon guests – a select group of prospective future clients that includes local and regional politicians, business executives, tourism and event planners, and others – a chance to sample items from Sunnybrook’s substantially revised dining menu.
Sunnybrook has remained open throughout its recent change. The foundation’s role, according to President J. Wilmer “Wil” Hallman, has been scaled back to oversight of the facility itself and planning for public performing arts, cultural, and educational programs staged there.
Photos from Google Images (top) and Sunnybrook Ballroom