FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Google has featured a longtime Fort Wayne hotel and conference center – one collapsed by the coronavirus pandemic – in its latest Year in Search ad.
Don Hall’s Guesthouse was shown in the ad, released earlier this month. A picture of the hotel’s front signboard displays the message “STAY STRONG STAY SAFE” in the ad.
Guesthouse closed in March, at the beginning of the pandemic. At the time, owner Tim Hall told WANE 15 that the “current state of affairs” severely impacted Guesthouse.
The Hall family acquired the old “Imperial House Hotel” in 1981 and turned it into Guesthouse.
Hall’s Restaurants posted a statement on Facebook after learning about its spot in Google’s video:
“We are absolutely OVERWHELMED to discover that we have been featured on Google‘s annual #YearInSearch video. (Recognize one of our most iconic signs at 0:24) Thanks to Google for including us in their recap of one of the toughest, yet most unifying years we’ve ever had to endure in our years here in Fort Wayne. Here’s to better days ahead! Stay strong, stay safe.“
Google’s Year in Search found that people around the world searched “why” most in 2020.