MONTROSE – When the popular Montrose nightspot Suds & Grub closed its doors in early January for renovation, it created a void in the lives of many late night socialites, partygoers, karaoke heroes, and regular imbibers in Montrose.
But with this weekend’s grand reopening as the Town Hall Tavern, that void will be filled with the same friendly staff in the freshly-refurbished space located at 330 E. Main Street.
According to bartenders/managers Chuck Kates and Brian Sandoval, the Town Hall Tavern will have a soft opening on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 8:30 p.m. with karaoke. A grand opening takes place this Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. with live music.
Sandoval said longtime owner Patricia Bahnmaier decided that 2014 would be the year the once smoke-filled bar would get a makeover. Since January, construction crews have gutted the entire establishment down to its original brick walls and then rebuilt the place, recycling materials when they could.
During the demolition of the interior, Sandoval said, crews found seven layers of flooring that had been built over time including hardwood, carpet and vinyl. Crews also stripped three layers of wall covering during their work.
“The place actually got bigger,” Sandoval said.
The space was originally used as a stagecoach alley at the turn of the century; by the early 1900s, it had been completely walled in and turned into an eatery. Crews were able to take some of the original wood from the floor joist to use in the bar’s new entry way and for its tables. Now with its original brick walls and tin ceiling refurbished, and a newly built bar that stands in front of the historic side entryway, the place has a completely new look and feel.
And for those wondering, will it remain a smoking bar? It will not.
“We know some will be disappointed, but we are done with the cigarette smoke,” Sandoval said. “We are excited about that. Now, we’ll be a main street bar without cigarette smoke.”
What other changes are in store besides the refreshed atmosphere, new name and no-smoking policy? Kates and Sandoval said no food will be served but snacks will be available and 10 beers will be on tap, two of which will be local. Otherwise, patrons who enjoyed the service and the prices at Suds & Grub can expect more of the same.
“We will have the same good service and good prices,” Kates said. “That will carry over.”
Following its grand opening, the Town Hall Tavern’s hours will be daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.