More details are emerging for the proposed “Golden Era” cocktail lounge at the old Cirino’s building at 309 Broad Street in Nevada City, which we reported on exclusively here and here. As it turns out, our reporting has been spot on. Woohoo!
The “Golden Era” lounge in Nevada City will be redolent of some popular, new and innovative San Francisco neighborhood bars, some of which we’ve visited, we’re learned.
“Consultants would be employed in the design of the parlor & lounge, as well as the cocktail compositions,” according to a memo in the upcoming City Council agenda packet. “These consultants currently work for Future Bars of San Francisco, who are responsible for legendary bars and lounges (Bourbon & Branch, Rickhouse, Local Edition and the newly opened Devils Acre are a few of their innovative successes.)”
This Wednesday the Nevada City Council is being asked to authorize the police chief to “make a determination of public convenience and necessity for Golden Era, a planned cocktail lounge at 309 Broad Street,” so that’s why all these details are being made public.
“A Nevada County-based family (Steven and Cynthia Giardina) is seeking to purchase the building and open a parlor style cocktail lounge named Golden Era. Decor would complement the existing historic bar and gold rush era building and rich history of the region.
“The intent is to fill a perceived void for patrons before dinner and after dinner as an upscale meeting place serving handcrafted cocktails, speciality beers, local wines and non-alcoholic soda fountain drinks.
“Our demographic survey indicated that a substantial number of visitors and locals would frequent a lounge that provides a relaxing atmosphere, modest dress code, safe environment and connects them to the magnificent and rich history of Nevada City,” the memo reads.
“The proposed license has no restriction on sale of food. Golden Era intends to purchase food from local restaurants and purveyors, and provide appetizers in addition to the drinks provided.
“Music is proposed for Friday and Saturday nights. Music type would be piano, soft jazz or club instrumental and vocals. Noise levels would be consistent with City codes. There would not be rock & roll, country or hip hop style music.
“A menu would be established that recalled the ‘golden era’ and representative of local significance in the naming and contents.
More details on the proposed “Golden Era” cocktail lounge from the Council agenda packet are here.
These are the kind of businesses we like to write about in our magazine — along with the revitalization of the Spring Street neighborhood as an Arts District or lower Commercial Street as a food lovers’ neighborhood, with Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. and the proposed Wheyward Girl Creamery, so we’re excited about the “Golden Era” lounge.
As it turns out, this effort is bolstering the city’s coffers and good for business. For example, “A new eatery (Three Forks) boosted restaurant receipts … and accounted receipts for Nevada City’s July through September sales that were 7.5 percent higher than the same quarter one year ago,” according to a report in the Council agenda packet.