Imperial banquet hall opens
CANTON — The second phase of renovations to the historic Imperial Hotel complex in Canton was completed last week — just in time for a class reunion.
Pat Smathers, Canton businessman and attorney, has been working toward full renovation of the structures built in the 100 block of Main Street for decades. Early this year, the restaurant/bar area in the old Imperial Hotel opened.
The most recent improvement is a banquet room in the former W. Turner Sharpe building, which is just next door. The building joins the courtyard area of the Imperial, and years ago, there was a connector between the two buildings near the front of the property.
One of Smathers' early projects when he acquired the property in the 1990s was to install an elevator between the two buildings and relocate the connector ...