Richard “Pa Butt” Davis
Richard Davis is your stereotypical stoner. He is mellow and is oblivious to the problems around him. He seems so cool and relaxed while Rome literally burns. The lodge is in poor shape with outdated décor and poor sanitation. Despite the beautiful and heavenly scenery and environment outside the lodge, the hotel lacks the guests to sustain itself and is buried under a mountain of debt. The family is also divided with Joanna and Richard being divorced and Duke and Dusty being involved in a sibling rivalry.
Richard refuses to acknowledge the problems around him and spends much of the time smoking weed in his makeshift living quarters. He even offered some to Gordon and to some of the lodge’s guests. He also hosts weekly music nights that do draw some people but cause so much noise that Joanna has to comp rooms because of the ruckus. There was even a point that he dressed up like a mushroom and danced to the hippie music.
Throughout the episode, Richard was a selfish person who only thought of himself and left his ex-wife to take care of the lodge’s financial problems. The man who built the lodge simply did not exist anymore.
Gordon brought about some reforms which integrated the hotel, restaurant and the musical performances together. He also improved the look of the place by adding furniture in the lobby and refurbishing the rooms. Being one of the world’s best chefs, Gordon also revamped the menu to something simple and fresh such as salads, burgers and vegetable soup.
Today, the lodge is in better shape and brings in more guests. There are still hiccups in the service though as there is no room service and the lodge does not have the adequate staffing to give the best service to its guests.