Inn for tourists being discussed for downtown Carmel
Tony Porto Jr. gets calls all the time: ”How can I get a room at the inn?”
Alas, said Porto, there is no room at Smalley’s Inn in Carmel. The place where three generations of his family have worked since the 1960s is a family restaurant, with no hotel accommodations. But Porto said the time has come for a more creative approach, and he is looking to remake and restore the Carmel landmark with a historic flavor, and he wants to challenge business and government leaders to do more to make the hamlet an attractive destination for visitors.
“We need business here,” Porto said. “And it could bring something back to the town.”
Porto has met with a number of Putnam County officials, who are helping to find funding that may be available for the kind of historic restoration and economic development projects Porto is considering.