More than 100 guests celebrated with hotelier Ray Patel and his family at the grand opening ribbon cutting of the Days Inn and groundbreaking of his new La Quinta Inn on the same property Monday, Dec. 16.

Located at 1040 N. Lincoln Way, the two facilities when complete will more than double room accommodations available in Galt.

Honored guests at the occasion were national representatives from Days Inn and La Quinta, city councilmembers, city officials and Chris P. Ensslin, president of Chris P. Ensslin Construction, Inc. out of Galt, who will be building the La Quinta. Many friends and family members were present as well.

Patel served two meals during the two-hour event, hosting an array of Indian food for breakfast and lunch.

Patel invited a Hindu pundit to offer several blessings over both facilities. Guests were honored with witnessing the many ceremonies, which involved many offerings of fruit, honey and spices.

Days Inn is now open for business; Ensslin anticipates the four-story La Quinta would be complete within a year.