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Friday, April 14, 2006

Update On Fran O'Brien's

Chad Evans from In The Bullpen Blog received a response from the Hilton chain regarding the Fran O'Brien's situation...
-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Bitzer []
Sent: Friday, April 14, 2006 4:44 PM
To: Matt Bitzer
Subject: ** Fran O'Brien's **

Your e-mail has been forwarded to me, Brian Kelleher, General Manager, of The Capital Hilton.

Thank you for your _expression of concern regarding the Fran O’Brien’s restaurant. I appreciate your interest and would like to take this opportunity to respond to you personally.

For strictly business reasons related solely to the inability to reach a new lease agreement, the Capital Hilton has elected to terminate the lease with the operator of Fran O’Brien’s restaurant at the hotel. This decision was not at all related to the Friday night dinners for disabled veterans but rather a result of lease negotiations that failed. The hotel has offered to host and sponsor the May 5, 2006 dinner and expressed interest in working closely with Walter Reed so that the Friday night tradition can continue. Furthermore, the hotel is in discussions with one of the sponsors of the Friday night dinners to continue their support of the dinners.

The Capital Hilton prides itself on its involvement and support of many community organizations and events and has provided complimentary or discounted rooms to families with veterans in the hospital, donated facilities to military organizations and most recently hosted a meeting for 300 people.

Brian Kelleher
General Manager, Capital Hilton

This still bears keeping an eye on, but this sounds good to me. Though they didn't respond to my email, bastards!

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