White Hart Inn closed
SALISBURY â€” The White Hart Inn has closed and is for sale, owner Scott Bok announced Tuesday, Nov. 2.
In a statement released that morning, Bok wrote, â€œWe have owned the inn for over 12 years. While much of that time was a pleasure, it was also a heavy responsibility and time commitment to oversee a 24-hour, 364-day-a-year enterprise, despite having a young family and a full-time job 100 miles away.
â€œUnfortunately it would be impossible to retain staff and continue to operate while the property was for sale, so it seemed appropriate to close now.â€
The inn is listed with Best and Cavallaro, a real estate agency in Salisbury. Patricia Best said the asking price is $5 million.
Best added that while she was aware that running the inn was â€œburdensome,â€ she was surprised at the news.
â€œIâ€™m already getting calls,â€ she said. Asked if someone local might take over, she replied, â€œYour guess is as good as mine.
â€œWeâ€™re reaching out to some restaurant people we know, and weâ€™ll be advertising nationally on the Internet.
â€œBut we donâ€™t even have it up on our site yet.â€
Dan Bolognani at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville said his hotel had picked up about a dozen overnight customers from The White Hart on Tuesday, as well as referrals for bookings for the coming weekend.
â€œItâ€™s good for us but sad for the town,â€ he said.
The Interlaken also took over some events originally scheduled for The White Hart, including a breakfast and press event hosted by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Wednesday, Nov. 3.
The White Hart underwent extensive interior and exterior renovations this year.