Make your wedding day a wow. 

MEET THE HEART OF THE INN

At The Peter Allen Inn, creating beautiful and unique experiences for our guests is important to us. Our dedicated staff is led by a diverse pool of talent that cares about your visit down to the very last detail. From delectable dishes to planning the perfect event or getaway, we are here to help you make it unforgettable!

Owners

RHONDA AND DICK THOMPSON

Area residents Rhonda and Richard Thompson already had dedicated themselves to preserving the community’s heritage and farmland when the Allen House became available.  Realizing the architectural importance of the house, the significant contributions of the Allen family to the field of medicine and the architectural genius of the builder, Thompson decided to take the enormous step to save the house for posterity. The Richard and Rhonda Thompson Foundation was created to restore historic buildings and the Allen House selected as a primary project.

 

The Thompsons decided the house needed a purpose beyond that of a museum.  Wishing to preserve the home’s historic heritage, they meticulously restored its rooms—mixing in only enough modern furnishings to allow for a guest’s comfortable stay.  They then expanded its potential use by adding a kitchen, conference and banquet room, tavern and gardens.

 

Today, the pair can often be found working on the latest Puzzle Room challenge or mingling with guests during a Friday evening Tavern night.

Aundrea H


Events & Communications Manager

 

Aundréa has never met an event she didn’t think she could organize better. Born in Youngstown, Cika has more than 20 years of writing, public relations, nonprofit and event management experience nationwide.  Known for being “all in” on any projects she tackles, Aundréa has reported from the top of Mount Rushmore, the bottom of West Virginia coal mines and even while actively on water skis. Her marketing efforts include work in the nation’s capital with a national trade association, regional public relations firms, and her own boutique agency. Her nonprofit skills are highlighted in her experience in leading the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley and building PolishYoungstown, a nonprofit of which she is still Executive Director.

 

“I am delighted to share the sophisticated service and hospitality we offer to a regional audience through parties, meetings, weddings and special events,” gushes the enthusiastic mother of five ranging in age from 10 – 25. “It is my goal to exceed every guest’s expectations!”

chef nick


Executive Chef

 

Our new Executive Chef is a man who cooks with great passion; always looking for his next inspiration.Chef Nick says his Cleveland upbringing came with the iconic Sunday dinner tradition. It is this that he credits with teaching him the importance of family, friends and fine food at a young age. Trained at the prestigious Johnson & Wales University, Kustala returned to his hometown ready to make a name for himself. He now has five Cleveland Magazine ‘Best New Restaurant’ awards and is the owner of the unique Estate on Coffee Creek in Austinburg.

 

“I was in awe of the painstaking details that were put into the Peter Allen Inn restoration. I could tell that whoever did this shared my passion for historic properties,” Kustala remembers. “Working here is a chance for me to bring a high level of dining experience to the Mahoning Valley. I have had a great deal of success in Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula counties but never have ventured this far south. I am looking forward to creating with the bounty that these area farms provide.”

 

As the Peter Allen marks its second year in business, we are sure that Kustala and his staff joining our team will allow us to take you on a new culinary adventure — unique flavors and harvest-driven menus with both casual and fine dining options!

Karis Head Shot


Innkeeper

 

Kari was born and raised in Kinsman, Ohio and spent most of her life working within and for the community.  Upon graduating from Joseph Badger High School, she took the time to travel, both internationally and stateside, but always knew that Kinsman would be her home.  After a short period, she accepted a position with the Kinsman Post Office, working as a rural mail carrier for nearly 14 years.  She found great satisfaction connecting with the public and has consistently remained involved in the Kinsman area.

Throughout her childhood, Kari had the privilege of observing her grandparents own and manage their small businesses.  One that specifically stood out was her grandmother’s Bed & Breakfast.  She remembers guests returning year after year to visit with her grandparents and enjoy their heart-warming hospitality, something she hopes to convey at the Peter Allen Inn.  “Their hard work and generosity never went unnoticed and instilled values in me that I now pass along to my own children.  My experience growing up in our little town has truly given me an appreciation of country living and motivates me to continue to help Kinsman thrive,” says Kari.

 “I am more than excited and grateful for the opportunity to become part of the talented, passionate staff here.  I love my hometown and the exquisite Peter Allen Inn is just one of the many historical highlights that Kinsman has to offer.  I am eager to share my adoration with all of our visitors and look forward to welcoming you and making your stay unforgettable.”

Rick Schilling


Event Designer & Coordinator

 

Schilling brings a breadth of artistry to the position having spent more than 30 years as a theatrical designer and instructor at YSU and 20-plus years of experience in many varied aspects of event design and production.  Following his retirement from higher education, W. Rick jumped full-time into the fast-paced world of special events working at one of the region’s most distinguished companies where he helped to create high-end customized private parties, weddings, and corporate events with budgets ranging from $1,000 – to $500,000.

 

“I have had the opportunity to work in many large venues between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, including The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Heinz Field to name a few. Yet, there is often nothing more satisfying than creating décor for an intimate party in a private home or on site at an unconventional space,” says Schilling.

 

“I thoroughly enjoy meeting and working with each new client here at The Peter Allen,” says Schilling, “and helping them to realize the party of their dreams through table settings and the environment. Organization and communication are the keys to success no matter how big or how small the budget.”