Best Rest Inn Closes Without Notice

  • Sign taped to Best Rest Inn door

    Sign taped to Best Rest Inn door

By Mountain Enterprise staff

The Mountain Enterprise has been informed by unofficial sources that employees and hotel guests of the Best Rest Inn were surprised to be told last week, on Tuesday, that the doors to the hotel would be closed and that everyone, including all personnel and paying guests, needed to leave.

On December 22, 2008, Flying J filed for reorganization. On July 7, 2010 the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the state of Delaware announced the company had emerged from bankruptcy, having merged retail assets with Pilot Travel Centers to create the Pilot Flying J brand. Questions about the 15,000 employees were unanswered, but creditors were paid $1.4 billion owed in full. At that time The Mountain Enterprise was told that the Best Rest Inn was not part of the Pilot Flying J asset merger.

On Friday, Aug. 13 The Mountain Enterprise interviewed Shannon Donnell in Utah. She said, “the hotel is not reopening.” She also said that the Pilot Flying J did not own the motel. Donnell said, “We are not managing the Best Rest Inn. We do own the property. We have nothing to do with the closure. We are going to demolish it.”

She said the former Cookery restaurant would become a Denny’s. A new sign has already been erected on the property.

This is part of the August 20, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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