Change of Pace

Madison’s Broadway Hotel undergoing major renovations

Owner Mann plans to feature an upscale
dining experience

(November 2020) – Though 2020 has brought a lot of negative changes, one Madison, Ind., business is finding the silver lining. “We decided during the shutdown in March that it was a good opportunity to do some restorations,” said Libby Mann, owner of Broadway Hotel and Tavern. “We started by redoing the floors and doing some painting.”
The present goal for Mann and her two sons, Larry and Ryan, is to turn the Broadway Hotel & Tavern into an upscale dining location.
Broadway Hotel will feature a freshly updated food and drink menu. “We’re totally rebranding the menu and are going to be offering new things like aged beef, homemade pasta, and scratch made desserts,” said Mann.

Photo by Sydney G. Wilson
Broadway Hotel & Tavern owner Libby Mann poses with her two sons, (from left) Ryan and Larry Shaw.

Gabby Hammersley, the current chef at their other establishment, Off Broadway Taproom over on Main Street, will move down to the Broadway Hotel to serve as chef. Nick Stitzel, also with the Tap Room, will be making homemade breads and pastas.
“The food will be different here but will have the same attention to detail and innovative style that the Taproom has,” said Mann. “We’ll be doing drink pairings and will have a broad bourbon and wine selection.”
They will also be adding additional staff members, including several full-time positions and managerial jobs, to give Mann and her sons the chance to focus on new projects to add to an already full list of businesses run and renovated by them over the years.
Mann and her family bought the Broadway Hotel in May 1992 and began renovating the first floor that is today’s tavern and restaurant. A year later, they added their outdoor patio.
In 1996, they renovated the majority of the hotel’s rooms and added bathrooms to each guest room. The next door Livery Stable, which was previously used as a warehouse, was purchased and renovated by the family in 2004. They opened Off Broadway Taproom in November 2014.
The family is also working on developing additional properties in Madison, including the former filling station on the corner of Broadway and Main streets, plus the rooms at the Broadway Hotel.

Photo by Don Ward
The Broadway Hotel & Tavern has been a mainstay in Madison, Ind., for many years. It is undergoing a major renovation in preparation for 2021.

“We’re really going to focus on our 12 guest rooms next,” said Mann, also noting that they hope to get the Livery Stable active again next year with events and a new manager. But the restaurant project is their primary focus at the moment.
“There’s a need for it,” Mann said. “We’ve done so much work on the building and have such a passion to keep fixing this place up. It was so run down when we got it.”
Mann said she is excited to bring in young, excited employees to be a part of it and transition into having less hands-on involvement.
“I’m excited for the growth. There are a lot of great things happening in the city, and it will be good to move forward,” said Ryan Shaw, who manages Off Broadway Tap Room. Both Shaw and Mann mentioned the increase in tourism over the summer. “There’s been a lot of tourist activity, which is encouraging as we make these changes.”
The Broadway Hotel & Tavern will play host to some soft openings throughout the month of January as they transition the dining experience and bring in new kitchen equipment and furniture. They plan to open officially and with completed renovations on Valentine’s Day, Shaw said. 


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