By Andrew Kunkel, contributing writer
OSWEGO, NY – The Best Western Captain’s Quarters on East First Street is expanding its hotel to include a brand new conference and event center.
The project brings a massive ballroom, in-house restaurant and high-tech audiovisual equipment to Oswego.
The project, overseen by hotel owner Shane Broadwell, has been in the works since the loss of their Captain’s Steak and Seafood restaurant in a fire in 2006.
“NYS has a restore New York grant, and we got accepted for a million dollar grant, that changed the whole focus for us. We said hey, this could really happen. We started construction in November 2010, and our first event will be on July 21st,” said Broadwell.
“Bayshore Grove is our other property. That property does a ton of weddings throughout the whole season. We do a lot company functions there as well, clam bakes etc. We’re starting to get the overflow from Bayshore being booked to here.For instance, if people want to go to Bayshore and the date they want is booked, we have an alternative here now,” said Broadwell.
The expansion sits right on the Oswego River, with the main ballroom having a large view of the harbor and lake.
The hotel being attached to the conference center allows businesses to not have to worry about lodging or shuttling members places. The center will have a shuttle to take visitors to places of interest around Oswego, and the location makes it easy to see the sights in town.
The in-house restaurant will cater to the conference center, making a streamlined experience for customers.
Broadwell hopes that the scenic views of the conference center will bring more businesses and tourists to Oswego, boosting the local economy. Events are already being planned with organizations such as NRG, Novelis and others.
“Seventy-five percent of weddings held in Oswego, the bride and groom aren’t even from Oswego County,” said Broadwell. “We hope the public knows about this exciting destination right in their backyard.”
If you are interested in booking an event at the Conference and Event Center, contact George Broadwell Jr. at 315-343-1600.