Cato Hotel reopens as country rock restaurant

On May 18, 2017, the Cato Hotel made a post on Facebook:

“Who wants to see the doors reopen at The Cato Hotel?” it said.

Built in 1876, the historic site had originally opened its doors as a hotel on West Main Street and, over the next century, it served as a popular gathering place for locals and travelers. But as the hotel changed hands, it transitioned from a place to stay to a place to sway, becoming a restaurant and bar known for its live music, trivia and homemade food.

Then, in September 2015, the Cato Hotel closed, and the white-pillared building remained vacant for months — until Jeff VanDyke drove by this spring.

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