Businessman Hopes To Reboot Grossinger’s Borscht Belt Resort
More than three decades after it shuttered, Catskills resort Grossinger’s could reopen as a hotel, spa and conference center.
Louis Cappelli, who owns the property, is applying for it to be designated a “brownfield,” a first step to securing funds to rehabilitate the property as a glamorous getaway, he told The New York Times.
Cappelli has owned the property for the better part of two decades, but told the Times that a new casino set to open a few miles away could revitalize the area.
“I’ve been a lone wolf trying to do this, and I really haven’t been able to accomplish it because of the enormity of the task,” Cappelli said. “But now that the casino is in fact going to be opening up there, I think the opportunity now exists to have this kind of original dream come true.”
Grossinger’s was the grandaddy of the Borscht Belt resorts, where its largely-Jewish clientele flocked during the hot New York summers. The Borscht Belt declined beginning in the 1970’s due to greater availability of air travel and air conditioning.