The Lotus Group of Companies continues to expand in their Hospitality Division. The Bond, 1786; formerly known as the Merrill Magee Restaurant and Inn, located in Warrensburg will add a tented wedding venue to the property, renovate the landscaping aesthetics and update the Inn rooms.
The Bond, 1786 will be dedicated to serving creative, original and affordable cuisine along with hand crafted cocktails, local brew selections and homemade desserts. The Bond, 1786 is situated right in the heart of Warrensburg in a historic but renovated Inn. The restaurant boasts several smaller private dining spaces, a rustic but elegant bistro area and a main dining room with cathedral ceilings, intimate beam work and several fireplaces. Ash Anand, owner and CEO of the Lotus Group of Companies has big plans to cultivate the entire property into a destination vacation spot. The Inn features 10 charming, comfortable rooms with private washrooms and fireplaces in each. The grounds are spacious and luscious, with ample room to construct a seasonal tented wedding venue, an opportunity that will showcase the beauty of the property but also help bring business to other local vendors.
Anand has always loved history and owns several rental properties and other businesses on the Historical Registry here in Warrensburg. He and his wife Jaime, came up with the new name as a tribute to the first settler in the area, William Bond, he of course, settled in 1786. The oldest property structure dates back to 1812, and some of what is seen today originated in 1839. After digging through the history books Anand came to realize that Bond was a man of great integrity and fortitude, he respected the land and envisioned an area that would prosper and thrive. The entire property will be called “The Bond” and the restaurant will specifically be known as “1786.” Anand plans to be open by mid March, serving dinner 7 nights a week in the restaurant and opening the Inn even earlier than March for reservations. Discussions about adding lunch and/or breakfast have been circulating with the team, a full operating schedule will be evaluated once the Covid restrictions have been lifted.
Ash’s excitement and level of commitment to the project and community is confirmed here, “Business expansion has been a natural progression for the Lotus Group, as it increases our ability to provide something unique and exciting, that has been missing in the communities we serve. Lotus’s staff and their depth of experience and integrity is far reaching and is what complements the ambitious plans I always put in front of them. Lotus has been servicing this area for over a decade now, this expansion gives us access to not only new business offerings and new customers, but also added employment, and economic growth locally. I am extremely excited with our acquisition of The Bond, 1786, we love preserving and restoring history, adding economic benefits to our local community and keeping our existing team working.”
The Lotus Group currently owns Ashes Pub & Ocho Cinco Cantina, along with The Grist Mill which is presently under demolition with an anticipated rebuild after a November 2020 fire destroyed the property. Anand saw an opportunity to keep his Grist Mill staff employed, knowing they would fully accept the added challenge of operating a banquet style facility along with the restaurant at 1786. Both The Grist Mill Head Chef, Henk Schonoveld, and Sous Chef, Paul MacPherson will be relocating to 1786 to offer their expertise and assist with the start up. One Chef will focus on the day to day operations at the restaurant and the other will focus on banquet catering for the wedding/events endeavor. Henk brings over 30 years experience to the kitchen and has worked as a Head Banquet chef before in Florida and here locally, Paul has the drive and intuition for creativity in his dishes focusing on cutting edge techniques and flavor profiles. Grist Mill, Head Server, Joyce Wolf will be charged with streamlining the processes and expectations for the front of the house team at 1786, her friendly attitude, stellar work ethic and fine dining experience are attributes we hope new staff members emulate. The culinary team expects to feature a variety of locally sourced products and feature Adirondack spirits and craft beer selections. We have several other qualified Grist Mill team members that will be transitioning to the new restaurant while the rebuild takes place. “We are so excited that our core team has all agreed to come on board at the new place, their expertise, versatile skill sets and customer driven service will continue to be an asset for Lotus. Friendly faces will only make the guest experience better and help us drive business from the beginning.” said Lotus Director of Hospitality, Kate Belden
The Bond, 1786 is unique and rich with history but with a modern feel, Lotus plans on embracing the historical value the Inn and restaurant have to offer while presenting a variety of bistro styled cuisine and American fare. The wedding venue will be tented seasonally with a permanent floor, with an “elegant and timeless” theme, the tent will host events up to 200 people and is not limited to just wedding celebrations. The Bond, 1786 is thrilled to offer banquets for groups as small as 20 and service a diversification of guests needs, from birthday parties, baby showers and rehearsal dinners to full scale weddings or corporate events. The entire team at The Bond, 1786 is excited to start working with local vendors to provide exemplary services and products from talented local businesses. The grounds at the property will include additional garden areas, paved pathways throughout and a new Gazebo area along with a wedding arch for ceremonies on premise. Lotus plans to install privacy fencing along the property lines, reminiscent from when the Carrington family owned the property years ago. The tent will be formally “dressed” with a variety of options for brides or grooms with any preferences, an elegant, chic style but with Adirondack overtones. The inn’s rooms will have their fireplaces transitioned to gas for guest safety and ease, a hot tub installation is planned for the future and a small decorative overhaul of the inn will help make guests feel at home and relaxed when visiting. The Bond hopes to be able to offer guests access to local attractions and features as the area truly has so much to offer.
The Bond, 1786 will be debuting their website in the next couple weeks along with menus and specific operating hours. The entire team is looking forward to this exciting new chapter in the Lotus book. We hope to see you there sometime soon!