An effort to bring back an anchor business in Zelienople has taken a major step forward with the signing of a purchase agreement for the Kaufman House.
The charitable foundation that supports the Butler County Tourism and Promotion Agency plans to buy the former restaurant, which was put out of commission by a kitchen fire in 2011, from Ken Pilarski.
The foundation plans to open the business — one that has enjoyed a regional reputation for some 40 years — as a restaurant and hotel. Then, in partnership with the Butler County Community College, the business will be an on-site training facility for college students interested in culinary arts and hospitality.
“This meshes perfectly with part of our mission — economic development and education,’’ said Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism Foundation.