October 15, 2013

Two Brunswick inns, too much confusion

A federal lawsuit between two local hotels heads to trial.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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The Brunswick Inn, owned by Eileen Horner, above, operates in a historic 1848 Federal-style house on the town’s stately Park Row. It has been in operation as an inn since 1984 and under its current name since 2007.

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The Inn at Brunswick Station, at the intersection of Noble and Maine streets, is newly constructed with 48 guest rooms and four spacious suites.

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Before the Inn at Brunswick Station was built, its principal developer, J. Hilary Rockett Jr., stayed many times at The Brunswick Inn, Goggin said.

Before it opened, Rockett originally planned to name his business The Inn at Maine Street Station or The Maine Street Station Inn, Goggin said.

“Then he decided to name it the Inn at Brunswick Station for some reason, even though one of his employees told him there would be confusion,” Goggin said. “We’ve asked them to change the name, and they just said they won’t change the name unless the court tells them to.”

Gaeta said there was confusion after The Inn at Brunswick Station first opened, but that is no longer a problem. He called the incident in which the fire department responded to the wrong location in July 2011 a “red herring,” since his client’s business had just opened at the time.

“We found that some people made mistakes shortly after we opened,” Gaeta said. “It was simply a result of our inn being a new establishment and the fire department being unfamiliar with it. That’s no longer the case.”

Jury selection is scheduled to begin within two weeks, and the trial is expected to take three days.

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