|King's Inn||303 West Street|
|1975 to 1982|
Photo from the Allan Anderson Collection
The King's Inn Hotel-Casino was located at 303 West Street (corner of West and Third Streets) and licensed from August 21, 1975, to May 1982 as a full casino.|
In September 1973 Brunzell Construction Company began construction of a $3 million, seven-story, 167-room hotel on the corner of West and Third Streets. Project designer Ed Kinney announced that the hotel would be owned by three local businessmen, Matthew Chotas, Joe Fischer, and Bob Scoggins.
In March 1974 the local newspaper announced the the hotel costs had risen to $6.5 million and that it was expected that the hotel would open by July 1. The original plans had been changed, making the hotel eight stories high instead of seven. The room count remained at 167, and the casino had plans for ten table games, one keno game, and 240 slot machines. The facility would include a gaming area with a circular bar, a lounge with an oppen fire pit, two levels of underground parking, and a swimming pool on the third floor.
Applying for gaming licenses were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Spivock, Monroe Spivock, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Davis, and Mr. and Mrs. Val Ruggerio.
The hotel opened in September 1974, without gambling. In December, Allen Bergendahl applied for a gaming license for 150 slot machines and twelve table games. He would be the general manager and principal stockholder. Other applicants were Val Ruggerio, casino manager, 2%; William Moller, 1%; and Otis Scoggins, 5%. The King's Inn was finally given a gaming license in August 1975, for the requested 150 slot machines and twelve table games.
The club had several casino managers in the next few years, including Tom Davis, A. R. Robbins, Gerald Cumpton, and Roy Rosenthal.
In June 1981 the owners filed for a chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy when they were threatened with foreclosure on a $3.4-million construction loan. The bankruptcy order was lifted in May 1982, and Bergendahl became sole owner of the property in a foreclosure auction. The casino closed in 1982, and the hotel closed in 1986 after the sprinkler, heating, and ventilation systems failed to meet fire-code regulations.
In 1999 the property remained closed.
According to Dwayne Kling