Calais Motor Inn Opens Ceaser’s Pub

By Jayna Smith

Ceaser’s Pub & Grill was open last Sunday to allow family and friends a first look while catching the football game.  (Photo by Jayna Smith).

Many changes are being made at the Calais Motor Inn, including the full renovation of fifty rooms, an updated look in the lobby, and the addition of a new pub to complement its already popular restaurant.  New owners John Marchese and fiancé Kristy Preston-Ellsmore have been working diligently with their staff and crews over the last few months to complete the extensive project. 

The new restaurant, now named Nino’s Down East Cuisine, has quickly gained in popularity.  Trained chef Shawn Marsh, a Calais native who has world-wide experience as an executive chef, now creates nightly chef’s specials that, when coupled with the already-diverse dinner menu, provides patrons with numerous reasonably priced selections like none other in the area.  He is joined in the kitchen by pizza specialist and chef Joey Kromer. 

Downstairs at Ceaser’s Pub & Grill friends can relax around a fireplace on the leather lounge seating, or choose one of the other 80 seats available, all within view of a sporting event on one of the eight large screen high-definition televisions.  Patrons will also enjoy the electronic dart machines and pool table. 

Of course the drink menu and special pub menu will entice all those looking to quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger.  With ice cold beer, including on tap, along with wine and cocktails, traditional pub food will be offered, along with New York style pizza available to eat in or take out.   Although Ceaser’s Pub & Grill will open for business this weekend, its scheduled grand opening is February 2nd for Super Bowl Sunday.

Hotel guests will soon experience a more inviting atmosphere with the completion of the lobby renovation.  Additionally, fifty rooms will soon receive a more modernized look with replacement furniture, bedding, and artwork.  Each room will include a mini refrigerator, a microwave, and a coffee maker. 

After the completion of the room updates, Preston-Ellsmore reports that a “massive indoor yard sale” will take place in the spring with the sale of beds, night stands, dressers, and such.  Additionally, she told The Calais Advertiser that all of the blankets no longer needed will be donated to P.A.W.S. Humane Society. 

A long-term goal set for the Calais Motor Inn includes the re-opening of the indoor heated swimming pool.  Along with the pool will be the adjoined fitness room.