PROSSER -- The scaffolding is down, the new windows are in place, and the bar, made of 100-year-old Douglas fir, has been installed.
One of Prosser's historic buildings at 615 Sixth Ave. is getting a face-lift and a new name, Horse Heaven Saloon.
Prosser natives Gary and Carol Vegar, owners of Horse Heaven Hills Brewery, bought the building in early spring. Since then workers have been hard at work repairing and remodeling it to fit a western theme.
"My whole concept for the saloon is to integrate historic Prosser, the Horse Heaven Hills, local foods and art," Gary Vegar said. Six artists have been commissioned to paint murals inside the building.
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One of the first things the Vegars did was replace the roof.
"It was in really bad shape," said Gary Vegar, adding that the brickwork also needed repairs and the facade new stucco.
But then, the building is more than 100 years old.
Longtime Prosser residents may remember the building housed Ford's Grill in the 1950s and 1960s, then the Red Rose and then Keno's Restaurant, said Jim Milne, former executive director of the Prosser Chamber of Commerce and a Prosser native.
Gary Vegar said he hopes to open the saloon in September.
But he won't be welcoming unruly cowhands. Instead, the Horse Heaven Saloon will be a place for families to eat, drink and enjoy themselves.
The Vegars plan to serve classic American foods -- pancakes and eggs for breakfast and burgers and steaks, pasta and salmon for lunch and dinner.
"We'll also have about a dozen different starters for those who just want a snack," he said.
On tap they'll serve microbrews from their brewery located just around the corner. Others brews will be available, as well as wine from nearby wineries.
"For the kids -- and adults too -- we'll have homemade root beer," said Gary Vegar.
The second floor is being remodeled into a bed and breakfast and there also will be a meeting room.
"So it'll be like a real saloon. You can come, get a room, have something to eat and drink," he said.
The Vegars have no plans to move the brewery which they opened on July 4, 2009. It's less than a block from the saloon at 1118 Meade Ave., Prosser.
Brewery hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For updates on the saloon, search for Horse Heaven Hills Brewery on Facebook.
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