Rt. 309 - Hazleton, PA
Genetti's Hotel has been open in Hazleton since 1950. It began as 23 rooms over a restaurant, and it expanded into several buildings with a ballroom. Over the years, I've been to their Sunday breakfast buffet with my family. It became a tradition since my grandparents passed away that we would go with Dad and Trish to their holiday dinners for Easter and Thanksgiving.
Sadly, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is now closed, and the property was sold through a Luzerne County bankruptcy sale to the Iglesia Pentecostal Casa de Oracion Church.
I went to school with the current owner, Pat Genetti. We didn't run in the same social circles, but he was always very nice every time I spoke with him. His family has been in the hospitality industry since his great-grandfather came to America from Tyrol (the same region of Europe that my great-grandfather, Cosimo, came from). It's a damn shame to see his business close. It has been a part of Hazleton for many years, and it will be missed.