Sale of Delafield Hotel likely to go through Tuesday

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

May 14, 2015

DELAFIELD - As a new ownership firm prepares to take over the Delafield Hotel, it is trying to secure a liquor license for the upscale hotel that also contains a restaurant.

According to a preliminary agenda for the Monday Common Council meeting, I.D. Delafield LLC is likely to take ownership of the Delafield Hotel and Andrew’s Bar and Restaurant on Tuesday from 616 Hospitality Group.

Before the Delafield Hotel could be sold, 616 Hospitality Group needs to pay off the approximately $4.4 million owes it owes Ixonia Bank, as well as about $113,000 in back taxes. Prior to being purchased by 616 Hospitality Group, the Delafield Hotel was owned by Rock River Property, an affiliate of ISB Community Bank.

In April, Rob Gerbitz, CEO and president of Hendricks Commercial Properties, had expressed interest in purchasing the Delafield Hotel. It is not known if he is connected to I.D. Delafield LLC and he did not return a call for comment by deadline.

I.D. Delafield LLC has filed for an “original” liquor license and anticipates the sale to take place Tuesday, according to the meeting agenda.

“The May 18 Common Council meeting is the soonest it could be published in the paper and on the agenda, in hopes it is approved before the sale goes through to avoid any gaps in licensing,” City Clerk Gina Gresch wrote in a memo. “There aren’t any regular full licenses left and since the receivership doesn’t qualify for a transfer from person to person according to the statutes. Therefore, the original license should be approved subject to the 616 Hospitality Group surrendering their license to the city the same day I.D. Delafield LLC’s license is issued so it is a seamless process.”