An iconic property in Kingston is for sale.

The Queen’s Inn, one of Canada’s oldest continuously operating inns, has been owned and operated by the Mitchell family for over fifty years with brothers Richard Mitchell and Kathy Cornell managing the business for the past three decades.

As of today, the property has been listed for sale by its owners, in association with Cushman & Wakefield Kingston.

“Kathy and I have been actively involved for over thirty years, but we haven’t counted; we still enjoy running the business every day together with our employees, customers and business partners, ”says Richard. “As part of our larger family planning, we are exploring whether a different group of owners may have a new vision for our prestigious downtown Kingston parcel and want to begin its next chapter in history at 125 Brock Street.”

The property was originally built in 1839 by Wolfe Island businessman Martin Staley. Much later, in 1970, Ron and Ruby Mitchell acquired the property then known locally as the “Queen’s Hotel”. Today, Queen’s Inn is a successful business that includes a 17-room hotel and two distinct restaurants: Coppers Pub and The Sports Tap & Grill.

“We are very proud of the business our family has built that continues to stand the test of time,” says Kathy. “This is a testament to our dedicated staff, customers, and the downtown Kingston community that we truly enjoy serving every day.”

The Queen’s Inn is an iconic Kingston property and has hosted a number of special guests over the years. Bands such as Trooper, The Sheep Dogs and Nazareth stayed at the hotel during their tours of Canada, while countless other public figures regularly seek out the pub fare offered at their restaurants.

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“There are just too many stories and memories to mention,” said Christa Johnston, who has worked with the Mitchell family for two decades. “I’ve seen customers become friends and friends become family, but ultimately, anyone who is lucky enough to work, dine or stay at the hotel is part of the Queen’s Inn family.”

The business will continue to operate in the status quo as long as the property is ready for sale. The hotel, restaurants and courtyard are open seven days a week and special event space is available for private reservations, subject to local health restrictions.

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