TOP 5 2015: Hospitality and tourism

Everybody loves Lego — or at least that’s what the numbers tell us. The news that Lego KidsFest would be coming to Harrisburg in 2016 was not only the top story in tourism, but for the whole year. Popular stories also included the possible return of Hooters to the midstate and the retirement of a well-known restaurateur.

5. Naming business: The Carlisles buy the historic Carlisle House B&B in Carlisle

May 5, 2015 — There are coincidences and then there’s fate. Tim Carlisle thought an early February trip north to visit a Pennsylvania bed and breakfast was more of the former and none of the latter. Continue reading

4. Char Magaro announces retirement, plans to sell fine-dining restaurant

Oct. 13, 2015 — Char Magaro just turned 65. It’s time to start the next chapter of her life, she said, announcing her planned retirement from the restaurant business. Continue reading

3. Growing craft: Troegs planning next phase of brewery expansion

Sept. 29, 2015 — Derry Township-based Troegs Brewing Co., already one of the largest craft-brewing companies in the country, could soon be getting a little bigger. Continue reading

2. Return of the hoot: Iconic Hooters chain eyeing Central Pa. comeback

Oct. 21, 2015 — After more than two years away from Central Pennsylvania, the iconic Hooters restaurant chain is attempting to make a midstate comeback. Continue reading

1. Lego KidsFest coming to Farm Show in April

Oct. 14, 2015 — Lego KidsFest, a national Lego Systems Inc. tour started in 2009, will make its first appearance in Harrisburg next spring, according to BuzzEngine, the Connecticut-based company that produces the event. Continue reading

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