The current status of the building that once housed the longtime Carleton House restaurant and hotel on North Church Street is a microcosm of where downtown Rocky Mount was and the positive vibe and redevelopment happening in the central section of the city. After 40 years of operation, the Carleton House went out of business in 2003. In 2009, a group purchased the building from N.C. Wesleyan College that had took it over and opened an upscale restaurant, lounge and conference center called the Four Seasons Restaurant and Conference Center, which opened in 2011. However, the Four Seasons closed in 2015. The building had been vacant and dormant, which was synonymous with the perception of downtown Rocky Mount as a section of town with little activity and growth taking place. But with downtown revitalization and redevelopment taking place, the appeal of downtown sparked a buyer to purchase the old Carleton House building.