The Deer Head Inn on Rt. 426 in Spring Creek has a new owner, and a soon-to-be new look.
Robert Brace, owner of Robert Brace and Sons in Waterford, purchased the restaurant in July 2008 with the thought of turning the fine dining establishment into a hunting lodge.
Brace said the lodge will have seven rooms available in the upstairs area for sportsmen to rent. He is naming the business Oak Alley Lodge.
"The Deer Head Inn looked like it would work for what we wanted to do," Brace said. "There is all that state gameland around there. We need something down there to keep things meaningful."
In addition to the close proximity of the state gamelands, Brace owns a 750-acre farm in Garland called Oak Alley Farms, located 3 miles east of Spring Creek.
The farm lays claim to one of the best trout streams in the state.
Brace applied to the Liquor Control Board in June to transfer the Deer Head Inn's liquor license into his name.
Brace said he is waiting for final building code approval before going full steam ahead with his planned renovations. The lodge would include a kitchen and may offer casual dining to the public.
"We put a new kitchen in," Brace said. "It could go either way."
Brace said he originally intended to have the renovations completed by mid-winter.