When it opened in 1975, the hotel in south Brainerd was the place to go. As the Highway 371 bypass changed the traffic pattern in south Brainerd, the hotel’s fortunes changed. The names on the sign changed numerous times during the years. But, Joe McCurdy, general manager, said the hotel was earning back business and community trust. But this past weekend, about 40 staff members learned the hotel was closing. The final date is anticipated to be Oct. 6. The restaurant in the hotel is already closed.