Red Lion Inn remains open after town moves to shut it down

The owner of Cohasset’s Red Lion Inn plans to be open this weekend.

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The owner of Cohasset’s Red Lion Inn plans to be open this weekend.

The owner of the Red Lion Inn in Cohasset just got back from a stay in the south of France — only to find out Monday morning that the town was closing down the popular restaurant and wedding venue because it hadn’t paid a $60 dumpster fee or submitted newly required plans of its kitchen.

Gerd Ordelheide said he cleared up the problems and expects his inn, which is located in picturesque Cohasset Village, down the street from the Town Hall, will be open for business as usual and for the two weddings booked for the weekend.


“We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays anyway,” he said. “It’s just bureaucratic stuff. It doesn’t matter. But when I look at this, I want to leave [for France] again.”

Town officials could not be reached for comment.

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Ordelheide said the town’s new health inspector, Felix I. Zemel, said he had sent a letter informing the inn of new rules that required submission of plans of the restaurant’s kitchen by Jan. 31. Ordelheide said his staff had either lost or never received the letter. He said the inn also forgot to pay the dumpster fee.

“Now I am back and fixing it,” Ordelheide said.

The original structure on the South Main Street site was built as a farmhouse in 1704 and was an inn and rooming house for many years. Ordelheide bought it in 1997 and invested $10 million to make it a 15-room hotel, wedding venue, and restaurant, he said. He is considering asking for town permission to expand, but has not decided whether to go ahead with plans for a 40-room addition, he said.

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