New owner transforms iconic Frank-N-Steins pub in Mount Angel
Mount Angel's only "castle" came tumbling down recently, as the Frank-N-Steins bar underwent a change of ownership and a major facelift.
Frank-N-Steins will be reopened as Momente, a bar and restaurant owned by Mount Angel native Robert Bochsler.
Bochsler is related to the former Frank-N-Steins owners Robert and Carol Frey, and picked up the property from them when they considered selling the building earlier this year.
"The building needed a lot of love; I said I'd be happy to take over," Bochsler said.
Bochsler is a real estate broker and currently lives in Portland, but he was born in Mount Angel and his family still lives in the city.
Opening Momente is his first time owning a restaurant or working in the restaurant industry. Bochsler said he named the new bar for the German word for moments, after doing some extensive research of German with Google Translate.
"I'm trying to focus on making Momente a place for people to gather with friends and create memories," Bochsler said.
Bochsler said that he envisions Momente as a bright, family friendly gathering place in the heart of downtown Mount Angel. To that end he has replaced the gray faux stone battlements and towers of Frank-N-Steins with large windows and a bright yellow and red paint job.
"We got rid of the dungeon," he said.
The bar will start out serving standard bar food, but Bochsler said he hopes to expand the menu as his new bar gets established.
He will have the doors open by Sept. 10, he said, just in time to be serving beer, burgers and brats for Oktoberfest.