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An Albany musician and restaurateur says he wants to pay homage to the community's tradition, and build on it as he takes over a longtime business. 

Bo Henry and Stewart Campbell bought the Merry Acres hotel, event center, and restaurant on Dawson Road.

The business was built in 1953 by Spec Dozier, and run by their family for 57 years. Henry said continuing that Albany family owned business ownership is one reason he was drawn to buy the well known business.

He says people keep telling him about fond memories of the restaurant.

"They remember the streak-oh-lean on the buffet on Sunday or whatever it might be. Things like that are important to carry on traditions that we have had in our past. And I think it makes people proud of our town."

Henry said in November they will start work on close to one million dollars in renovations and updates to the 110 room hotel and 6,000 square foot event center.

He plans to re-open the restaurant for breakfast and lunch within the next year.

Henry has dropped the Quality Inn motel franchise from the property, to make it a completely locally operated motel.

 

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