Owners hope to restore Ala. hotel damaged by arson

TALLASSEE, Ala. (AP) - The owners of a historic hotel in Tallassee that was damaged by an arsonist are hoping to reopen next year.

Co-owner Wylie Troupe said he wants to have the Hotel Talisi's buffet-style restaurant open by late May or early June. He told The Montgomery Advertiser that a third floor gutted by fire may become a reception hall.

After suffering the first closure in its history, the restaurant had been reopened just three weeks when it was destroyed by fire in November 2009. Dylan Carroll was sentenced to more than two years in prison for starting the blaze in an adjacent consignment store to cover up a burglary.

Mayor George McCain said reopening the restaurant can help revitalize the downtown.

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