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MATTOON — Contractors are completing finishes on the planned Hilton Garden Inn and McKenna-Yost Convention Center as that facility prepares to open in October.
Yost Enterprises of Charleston worked with its business partners to develop this four-story, 102-room hotel at 100 Coles Center Parkway, at the southwest corner of Illinois Route 16 and Lerna Road. The hotel will include a heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and Stix Bar and Grille restaurant, while the adjoining convention center will offer 8,400 square feet of event space.
Don Yost said he’s wanted to open a full-service hotel and convention center at this intersection for more than a decade to help bring more visitors to Coles County, and he’s happy to see the project finally nearing completion. He said this facility will accommodate gatherings and accommodations for large groups, including basketball and football teams visiting Eastern Illinois University for games.
“It’s been a long journey, but we’re excited and know it will be good for Mattoon and Coles County,” Don Yost said. He thanked all supporters of the project, including business partners Mike and Diamond McKenna and Ken and Lorna Voight. Peoples Bank & Trust in Pana sponsored the project’s application to the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Lending Program.
Ground breaking took place in September 2019 at the construction site, but the project later faced challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and global supply shortages.
Yost Enterprises CEO Jeremy Yost, who is Don’s son, said the development of the hotel and convention center during this period has been a “roller coaster ride”, but the contractors are putting now the final touches to the installation. He said the hotel, convention center and restaurant are tentatively set to open Oct. 3, noting that the Hilton Garden Inn’s website has started accepting reservations for Oct. 20 and beyond.
The Hilton Garden Inn will be opening during a changeover period for Mattoon accommodation. The hotel known as Clarion Pointe at 206 McFall Road has been closed since a fire in 2020, when it was a Baymont Inn & Suites, and is currently completing renovations. The Hampton Inn adjacent to 1416 Broadway Ave. East closed in mid-May and is undergoing a change in ownership.
Additionally, planning continues for a proposed Mattoon Sports Complex with indoor and outdoor facilities at the southwest corner of Interstate 57 and Route 16. Developers anticipate the complex will have a new commercial development adjacent , including hotels.
“We’re 100% behind it. This sports complex is something that absolutely has to happen,” said Jeremy Yost. Don Yost added that the proposed approximately $60 million sports complex project will attract visitors to Coles County.
With the opening of the hotel and convention center still more than a month away, general manager Lucas Combs and sales manager Spenser Barrett said they have already received many booking inquiries from the from hotel guests, weddings and other special events.
The hotel’s lobby flows into the dining room of the Stix Bar and Grille, named after Don Yost’s former restaurant in Charleston. Stix will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. A large group dining area and meeting room for small groups are located adjacent to the restaurant. A closed covered walkway connects the hotel to the congress centre. Both buildings covered the front discs. The convention center offers banquet or theater style seating in a large ballroom that can be divided into two by a partition.
“We will have some flexibility to do a variety of setups,” Combs said. Hotel rooms, including suite options, will be available for reservations by local residents. The hotel has developed discount programs for EIU, Rural King and other major local employers.
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