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Back from the brink

The new operators of the Normanside Country Club say they had a successful first year and are looking forward to a big year in 2012.

The new operators of the Normanside Country Club say they had a successful first year and are looking forward to a big year in 2012. Photo by Greg Fry.

“They’ve been willing to work with us on anything we’ve thought up, or anything that has come across with them,” Hostig said. “Some of their board members have supported us. I’ve seen them in the restaurant. It’s nice to have that support from the town.”

In turn, the club has tried to make its presence known. Recently, the club’s owners donated sauce for a pizza sale held by fifth graders at Elsmere Elementary School.

Without having completed a full year at Normanside, Hostig said it’s tough to see what kind of impact the economy has had on the club. However, increases in memberships and a 250-person turnout for Thanksgiving are indications that the club is headed in the right direction.

“We’re really excited about next year,” said Hostig. “We think that things are going to start booming after March.”

Renovations are planned for the lobby and ballroom at the Normanside clubhouse. The owners are able to commit to the projects due to early success and because they are not on the hook for the debt accrued by the club’s previous owners, Hostig said.

“We’re able to at least work and we don’t have that debt on our shoulders,” he said.

“Any of our plans, as far as growth or expansion, we keep that in mind that we’re not going to live outside our means.”

In November the previous owners, Normanside Country Club, Inc., filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, with just under $275,000 in outstanding debt on the books.

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