LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - After months of construction, DT Kirby's is finally re-opened for business. This time in a new location.
"It's not the old dive bar of DT Kirby's,” owner Don Kirby said. “It still has the feeling of that but in general it's just the next generation of being downtown.”
The next generation of being downtown, but Kirby said they wanted to keep an 'old feel.'
“Every single piece of wood you see here is re-furbished from something else,” Kirby said. “In other words, we tried real hard not to buy anything. We just wanted to utilize what was here or use part of Lafayette history."
Kirby said during planning, they started with a blank canvas and it quickly turned into a 'masterpiece.'
"You can tell that this used to be something completely different,” Kirby said. “We tried to keep the integrity of it. Beautiful brick walls, we did away with the whole warehouse kind of look as far as that's concerned. I think the coolest thing is the original doors from the Sportsman that was here back in the day. We put this back together and we like that.”
After the building on Main Street sat empty for years, city leaders said this new change is a sign of economic growth in Greater Lafayette.
“It was an opportunity for a business that was existing that had an opportunity to expand,” President and CEO of Greater Lafayette Commerce Joe Seaman said. “So now we have a new investment at an existing facility and I'm sure we'll see another company or business move into where Kirby's was.”
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