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Restaurant and sports bar under construction in Southbridge Mall

MASON CITY – A restaurant and sports bar venue is under construction in Southbridge Mall’s south entrance area and is seeking city dollars to help the project along.

According to city documents released today:

The Sports Page of Mason City LLC:

As a part of the revitalization of Mason City Downtown corridor Co-owners and long-time residents of Mason City, Harry Shannon and Steven Anderegg are have established The Sports Page of Mason City LLC.

We will be doing a full remodel of two spaces in Southbridge Mall making them one larger space. Theme of the space will be a Sports Bar and Grill. Equipped with a full-service kitchen. Gaming room with 2 pool tables, electronic dart boards, and a golf simulator. We will have many TV’s for sports viewing featuring special events of Iowa, Iowa State and UNI. The kitchen will feature Homemade Pizzas, Burgers, Sandwiches, Barbecue specials and typical fried foods. Hours of operation will be 11 am till 12:30 pm.

Our Project will commence when lease is signed Sept 6th, 2019. Many of the interior improvements required are a result of the previous business exit strategy. They basically stripped the contents of the building. Permanent improvements that need to be made to the business includes all new wall coverings, cost to exceed $12,000. New kitchen ventilation hood with Ancillary fire system and positive air exchange, approximate cost $20,000. Concreate floor restoration and staining $10,500. Bringing electrical and fire systems up to code, $10,000. Bringing restrooms up to code and adding restrooms for capacity $40,000. The actual estimates are attached in our Dolt application.

It is our goal to be a new asset to the revitalization of Downtown Mason City. We feel having a full-service sports bar adjoining the new arena will help keep families that are here for events in downtown Mason City. Possible expansions of our business in the first year may include Pizza delivery to arena, the newly proposed hotel and other downtown Mason City business that do not feature food.

Not since 2001 has this area of the mall been vibrant; this is the time when Diamond Dave’s was located there for a number of years but closed down.

The cost of the renovation project appears to be $114,495.35. The Sport Page is seeking a $30,000 downtown revitalization loan.

Meanwhile, as a multi-purpose arena ice floor is poured Friday as that project shoots for completion around November, other construction appears to be underway around the mall and in parking lots. Just across the hallway from the new sport bar at the mall’s south entrance, two storefronts that once housed a bookstore and a coffee shop are under demolition in preparation for a new mall tenant. Rock Central Construction, LLC is doing the demo work there. Workers on the scene refused comment, but Rock Central owner Chad Berding returned a call and told NIT that this is the new home for DealerBuilt, a company that makes software for car dealerships.

Construction is about to begin behind this door on a sport bar and restaurant.
West side of Southbridge Mall’s south entrance. Demolition and prep work is going on behind these two doors, which used to be entrances to a coffee shop and a book store.  Dealerbuilt’s new home.
Busy men behind this door, doing demo and prep work on Friday, September 13, 2019 on the new location for DealerBuilt, a software company for car dealerships.
Vacant storefronts are filling up in Southbridge Mall. DealerBuilt will call this area home, soon.
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