AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – On the heels of last week’s liquor license appeal, Hotel California owner Sebastian Rucci is seemingly turning over a new leaf.
He attended Monday night’s Austintown Township Trustees meeting with one goal in mind.
“I apologize for really not coming to see you before,” Rucci said.
With those words, Hotel California owner Sebastian Rucci began a 10-minute speech in front of Austintown Township trustees.
“Mistakes were made. I shouldn’t have been in the adult business,” Rucci said. “I’m an attorney. I’m an engineer. I’m a father of three. And that was a mistake.”
The first-time hotel owner says he’s learned from his past indiscretions with Go Go Caberet. He’s invested nearly 5 million dollars into the Hotel California property and wants it to be successful.
“I think our interests are exactly the same. I’m here, I want to do great things for the community, I like to do jobs. And that’s what I’ve done in the past year,” Rucci said.
Rucci highlighted all of the amenities the hotel offers and his plan to cooperate with trustees in the future.
But he says his biggest business blunder — is himself.
“That falls on me for not reaching out to you and that’s just things I’ve done stupidly many times in the past,” Rucci said.
The trustees each took their turn addressing Rucci and his plea for forgiveness. Lisa Oles accepted his apology but it came with a warning.
“When you’re given a second chance, there’s an expectation that you’ll change your behavior,” Oles said.
“Thank you for being here. Thank you for doing the work you’re doing inside of there, and we will try to do whatever we can to get to the point where we can work collectively for the good of Austintown,” Austintown Township Trustee Kenneth Carano said.
“Today was a step in the right direction, you being here, and I appreciate that and I’m sure the community appreciates finally an apology,” Austintown Township Trustee Jim Davis said.
Rucci said he is open to any advice and input trustees are willing to give him.
As for the liquor license, trustees acknowledged that the issue is out of their hands.
That decision will be made by the Liquor Control Board in Columbus.
Trustee Jim Davis says it could be 6 to 8 weeks before it makes a ruling.