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The Old Town Bar and Grill slated to open at First and Blaine streets in about a month

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - The Old Town Bar and Grill takes over a space formerly a photographic studio at the corner of First and Blaine streets.

Sports fans in Newberg will have a new watering hole this summer as a new bar and restaurant is slated to open in the next month or so.

The Old Town Bar and Grill at 315 East First St. is owned by Joe Vieira, who said in just over a month the 94-seat establishment will be open. Although the interior still needs work, Vieira said he wanted to open the bar to create a welcoming and safe place for people of all ages to come get a meal and watch some sports.

"I wanted a good, social atmospheresfor every demographic," he said.

He added that there will be about 16 to 20 beers on tap, and probably around eight of those will showcase local breweries. The bar will sell locally produced wine, as well, and the menu will be fairly standard pub fare – cheeseburgers, steaks, salads, pasta and other similar items. The eatery will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, although on Sundays he may close at midnight.

"I just want to give the community somewhere relaxing and fun to spend their free time," he said.

Vieira said televisions will grace every wall and the building will have a "rustic meets industrial" feel to it. He added that the restaurant will be a laid back place where families can go, sports fans will enjoy or anyone just looking for a drink.

"It's a super cool place," he said.

He said being from the area, he saw that many residents were leaving Newberg to go to other surrounding areas for a casual setting, and thus were spending money outside of town. So, he decided to fill the void.

"My mind wasn't on it until a few years ago," he said.

Vieira worked in the auto industry, most recently at Newberg Chevrolet. He said he'd been thinking of opening a sports bar for the past few years and was walking downtown when he saw the "For Lease" sign on the building that would become the Old Town Bar and Grill. As fortune would have it, he knew the owner of the building and worked out a deal. Vieira now leases the building, which was formerly a photo studio, but has an option to buy it.

He said part of the reason he wanted to open a sports bar was the camaraderie it creates, adding that he likes the idea of having a place where fans of all sports teams can come together.

"Everyone can root for their team," he said.

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