Businessmen jump at chance to own hotel, bar on lake

(Above) Jim Sulentic (left) and Brent Dahlstrom did a lot of renovation to the former South Shore Inn.  Although the exterior still needs some updating, the interior has been totally remodeled and is ready for guests.  -Reporter photo

by Michelle Watson

Jim Sulentic, a developer from Waterloo, Iowa, has been coming to Clear Lake since he was a kid, so when a rare opportunity presented itself to buy The South Shore Inn and The Landing restaurant, he was ready to take advantage of the opening.

“A hotel and bar on the lake is rare.  We wanted to update the hotel and take the whole business to the next level,” said Sulentic.  “Gary Laabs (former owner) had a great vision for the place and now we’re ready to make a go of it.”

Sulentic will be joined in the venture by his partner, Brent Dahlstrom, also a developer from Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Sulentic and Dahlstrom met in 2011 and bought their first property together.  The pair have worked together on many projects since that time.  Kyle Dehmlow, owner of Whiskey Road restaurant, in Cedar Falls, will also partner with the pair to head-up the restaurant.

The new name for the hotel will be Lakeside Inn and the restaurant/bar will remain The Landing.

“Part of the remodel of the hotel was to double the size of the kitchen, which will speed things up and help us increase volume. There will also be changes to the menu,” said Dehmlow.  “I am excited to have the opportunity to

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