Real estate agents confirmed the building at 309 Broad Street was in escrow but declined to comment further. The would-be buyer has visited City Hall, however, inquiring about the possibility of turning it into a tastefully appointed cocktail lounge, along with good food, according to city officials.
Specialty cocktails and “mocktails” (cocktails without alcohol) are booming. More details are here.
The would-be buyer is experienced too: already operating similar establishments in Northern California. Each one has its own individual character, however.
The building has been on the market for the first time in more than three decades. Formerly the home of Cirinos Restaurant, this premiere, downtown building has been a Nevada City icon since the 1800s.
“Located directly in the center of Broad Street shopping and night life, with constant walk by traffic and visibility, this property offers the new owner a full bar/restaurant opportunity,” the listing has read. “Double saloon doors with no steps afford handicap access and the entire main dining area is open, with high vaulted ceilings, a Victorian decor, a fabulous, long wood bar that has served many a local patron. Location!”
We hope the deal closes, we support the concept, and we hope it can bring some renewed vibrancy to upper Broad Street.
Lower Commercial Street is becoming more vibrant with Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., the proposed Wheyward Girl Cremery (reported here exclusively), along with the Nevada City Farmers Market and Boardwalk “parklet.”
In addition, Spring Street is being revitalized as an Arts District, with the new Bridge Street Project linking KVMR and the Nevada Theatre, along with the DANK at Osborn/Woods Gallery. We also reported exclusively that a coffeehouse called FoxHound Espresso is opening next door to the Nevada City Winery.
Let’s hope upper Broad Street can follow suit.