Blue Ridge Parkway inn operator faces bidding

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

The operator of the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway who defied the federal government shutdown last year now must fight to keep his contract.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Bruce O'Connell has operated the inn for 40 years.

O'Connell kept the inn open last year, even though the federal government shutdown brought an order to close during the funding dispute in Washington.

The park concession contract is open for bid.

O'Connell says he's not worried about fallout from his high-profile fight last year. He's more worried that a number of similar contracts recently have gone to big companies with lots of resources.

O'Connell is hoping to win the contract for another 10 years.