BATESVILLE - A downtown Batesville icon has reopened following the completion of the first phase of renovations. The former Sherman House Restaurant and Inn, now called The Sherman, has been closed for more than two years. HPH Hospitality LLC partnered on the extensive project with Ripley County-based Friendship State Bank. The work has taken more than a year.

The scope of the project includes the two-story Sherman House building and the adjacent four-story building that previously housed the American Furniture Co. Renovations include the Circa 1852 Restaurant, meeting space, 22-room hotel and Black Forest Bar. Plans for the old factory involve turning it into a German-style pub.

HPH Hospitality's Georg Heringer says "after almost a year of hard work, months of renovation, weeks of unexpected occurrences, hiring, training and practicing and days of cleaning, polishing and organizing, we are pleased to announce that The Sherman is opening its doors again for another century of delicious cuisine and outstanding service. Furthermore, we are pleased to introduce Peter VanWagner as the Executive Chef of The Sherman."

Leaders say The Sherman "is ready for another century of entertaining." Previous owners closed the landmark, which dates back to 1852, in January of 2015. Multiple proposals were floated for the property until HPH Hospitality stepped up and purchased The Sherman.

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