SANATOGA PA – Structural steel for a new two-story addition to Sunnybrook Ballroom, which will expand its flexible meeting room capacity by 200 guests, is rising on the west side of the complex and should be available for public use by next spring, businessman Chuck Gulati said Friday (Sept. 25, 2015).
Gulati, president of Sunnybrook LLC – the Reading PA-company contracted by the Sunnybrook Foundation for day-to-day operation of the meeting, dining and entertainment center – said he was “happy to hear” area residents were interested in progress that’s increasingly visible outside 50 Sunnybrook Rd. He’s enthusiastic, too, about the roughly $3 million project, he indicated.
The additional meeting space can be configured as a single room for larger events, or divided into two or three separate rooms for smaller groups, Gulati noted. It’s expected to be ready within several months.
He acknowledged the start of the work had been somewhat delayed “due to additional renovations that were not anticipated originally… We felt to really do it right, these changes should be made” so architectural drawings were updated and new elements included, Gulati explained.
Meanwhile, elsewhere inside Sunnybrook:
- Renovations and remodeling of its bar and restaurant are moving ahead. “While I can’t give away all of the details yet, I can tell you that we are excited” about the plans there, Gulati said. He expects they will “provide a unique, upscale casual atmosphere based on the roaring 1920s, with a modern flair.”
- A larger kitchen is in the works, which Gulati said is “capable of handling both banquets and ala carte dining.”
- New restrooms are being added to the ballroom.
The Sunnybrook team is looking toward next February, and specifically at Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14, 2016), as a possible grand opening celebration date. Most of the interior renovations should be done by then, Gulati said, and the meeting room expansion won’t be far behind.
None of the construction has limited events or activities in the ballroom. An annual fall dance featuring the Swing Fever Dance Band brought crowds there Saturday (Sept. 26). And coming up are: