For pretty much the entire 21st century, Beacon Hills has provided Lincoln diners with an above-average restaurant dining experience, even being named the top hotel restaurant by the Journal Star in 2010.
But that tradition is coming to an end. The restaurant, located in the Country Inn & Suites hotel at 5353 N. 27th St., will close Friday.
Anne McVeigh, who owns the restaurant along with her husband, Craig, said the restaurant's lease is up, and hotel management wants to go in a different direction.
"We wanted to stay, but we just couldn't come to terms with the hotel," she said.
National Hospitality Services of Fargo, North Dakota, manages the hotel. Sarah Koustrup, executive vice president of the company, said she could not comment on lease negotiations.
But she did say the closing of Beacon Hills will have no effect on customers of the hotel's banquet space.
"As for the restaurant, the changes we have planned will be like nothing else in the Lincoln market today," Koustrup said in an email. "At a corporate level, we have made a major investment in food and beverage, and the renovated restaurant and concept, which will launch in January, is exciting, fresh and highly reflective of that investment."
Koustrup did not provide any specifics.
McVeigh said she is considering trying to find another location in Lincoln to at least do catering, which is a major part of the business, or possibly to reopen the restaurant.
However, she said those discussions will have to be put on the back burner until 2017.
Right now, the McVeighs are focused on opening a new Beacon Hills in Aksarben Village in mid-town Omaha. That restaurant is scheduled to open sometime during the week of Oct. 10.
As for the Lincoln restaurant, McVeigh said there is no special closing or going-out-of-business event planned for the last day on Friday, but she does expect there will be a large crowd.
"I have a feeling we're going to have a lot of friends and great customers stopping in on Friday," she said.