It's our fortieth! Share your stories!
2014 will ring in the fortieth anniversary of the Water Tower Inn (well, now Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites), but if you’re a true blue Saultite, you’ll remember the latter. And actually, digging deeper, JJ Hilsinger and family have been delivering notable hospitality in the city for 50 years, since the first enterprise was a remote Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet that JJ bought in 1962 and brought back to life. So many of you out there will remember JJ’s chicken, JJ’s Family Fare, the Athletic Lounge, the Sawmill, Ripples, the Granary, Jimmie John’s Mill, and Lone Star, as well as the architectural evolution that transformed the Inn to its present stature. Most residents of a certain maturity, and then their children, have either worked at, dined at or celebrated at a JJ’s venue. Remember the great bands that shook the Sawmill, some of whom came to fame like Natalie Cole, The Good Bros., Al Simmons, Charity Brown and Wolfman Jack. Remember Ripples Lounge? Remember the Honeymoon Suite with the big hot tub, the first in SSM? Remember Colonel Sanders’ visit to JJ’s Family Fare? Remember when that same restaurant was trucked down great Northern Road in the late 80s, and stands now as the Totem Pole Gift Shop at Frontier Village. Memories….in the corner of your mind…that’s what we want. We’re setting up an Anniversary webpage, and want to feature your memories of JJ’s and the Water Tower Inn. Share your memories...you could win one of three $75 Inn gift cards. Submission deadline November 15th.