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Bell Channel shows off newly re-modeled 'UPSTAIRS'
  
Monday, 10 May 2010 18:11
ENJOYING THE NIGHT – Lisbeth Rutzou, chats with some of the guests at Friday night’s relaunch of Bell Channel Inn restaurant. (Freeport News photo)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama --Optimistic that the economic situation facing Grand Bahama will soon change, owners of the Bell Channel Inn seized the opportunity as a chance to refurbish and officially name their on-site restaurant in an attempt to widen their customer base.

Lisbeth Rutzou, vice president of the hotel invited a number of friends and customers to celebrate the new-look on Friday evening.

Rutzou, who is originally from Denmark, manages the hotel, which overlooks the Bell Chanell and was formerly the Emperor Hotel, with her mother, Ingse Paulsen since her father Knud Paulsen passed away seven years ago.

"My parents came here in 1989 and I came here in 1994 just for one year. I loved it."

She explained that although the property has been open for decades, there was never an official name for the restaurant located upstairs. It has been referred to among other names as "Mr. P's," "The 19th Hole," "Liz's Place," "The Pink Place" and even "The Pink Palace." The name "Upstairs," however, was chosen as the official name.

"Customers always referred to it as upstairs, so it just made sense," she explained.

To go along with the new name, Rutzou thought a new image would be fitting.

"We thought we would have a new look and we hired some people to do a total makeover, new colours, new decorations," she said, de-scribing the new decor as creating a cozier, more intimate and welcoming feel.

A "no stress zone," is how waitress Shamene Lodriqkes describes it. 

Photo: ENJOYING THE NIGHT – Lisbeth Rutzou, chats with some of the guests at Friday night’s relaunch of Bell Channel Inn restaurant. (Freeport News photo)

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