LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The owners of what used to be the Sportsman Bar on Main Street are working to mix the concepts of a neighborhood bar and a modern sports bar.
For advice, they looked to Don and Trish Kirby, the owners of the Downtown Restaurant DT Kirby's.
Building co-owner Eric Grossman said Kirby's input has been essential in preserving the history of the building while giving it an update. Kirby says saving the history of the building is important.
"As long as we can do our part to kind of keep (memories of downtown) together. It's extremely important. I think we're the next generation doing it, going forward," said Kirby.
"It's that atmosphere of having a neighborhood bar, the place where everyone knows your name kind of thing. The problem is that you have to hold your nose when you go to the bathroom. Maybe it smells like grease sometimes. So having all of those features of a new, modern bar with the same atmosphere that you have come to be familiar with," said Grossman.
The new restaurant will have more than 10 flat screen televisions and free Wi-Fi, and Grossman says there will be a few surprises. They plan to open in early fall.
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