Out with the Old, Cow Palace Inn Auction Scheduled

Most of the changes taking place at the Cow Palace Inn have been internal. Since the Lamar motel was sold this past summer to Palace Holdings, LLC, various upgrades and improvements have occurred. Manager Doug Thrall said brand new kitchen equipment is scheduled to be delivered the week of October 17 and as he was speaking this past Friday, over 100 new mattresses were being off-loaded from delivery trucks.

Other changes that have occurred include new, flat-screen televisions for every room and new, water-saving toilets are also being installed. The restaurant is quiet now, but Thrall said he’s searching for chefs for the operation and the menu is being modified. “We’re definitely going to have some new items on the new menu,” he said, “And we’re going to keep some of the favorites as well. What I want is someone who can provide a first-class steak for our customers.” He said he’d like to have the restaurant operational before the annual Two Shot Goose Hunt which is scheduled for the last week of November and the early part of December. He said the local hiring for the kitchen and wait staff will start shortly before that point.

All of the old furniture and equipment from the rooms, plus the contents of the metal storage building to the rear of the motel will be up for auction the last Saturday of this month, October 29, and will be conducted by Larry Lusher of Farmer Stockman. Lusher said flyers will be going out shortly, and he has already received inquiries about the mattresses and linens from some of the smaller, mom and pop motels in the region. Thrall said the auction will begin that Saturday at 9am at the southwest corner of the parking lot and motel. Chairs, tables, beds, desks, new linens and a host of other items will be presented at that time.

Thrall noted that travelers should see new banners and signs for the motel later this fall. The Cow Palace Inn will keep the same name, but will be under the Road Way Inn franchise.

A public hearing has been set for October 24 by the Lamar City Council for a liquor license hearing for The Cow Palace Inn, and the Lamar Redevelopment Board recently approved $35,000 in funding for sewer upgrades for the facility.


By Russ Baldwin


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