LONGMONT — The largest single retail space in downtown Longmont is having some life breathed back into it.
Breakers Grill will open in October at 380 Main St., which has sat virtually empty since the nightclub 4th & Main closed in January 2008.
"We're going to have kind of a steel feel — we're going to have lots of steel throughout the place," said majority owner Nic Malwitz.
Appropriate, considering Malwitz is also the owner of Steel Huggers, a Longmont-based steel fabrication company.
Two others own minority shares in Breakers: a silent partner and Shawn Smith, who worked for 17 years at A Bit of Billiards and will be running Breakers on a day-to-day basis.
Breakers will be the first opportunity for Longmonters to shoot pool on full-size tables since The Bit closed earlier this year.
"We're going to have six 9-foot tables and two 7-footers to start," said Smith.
He and Malwitz, long-time friends, first started tossing the idea for Breakers around in March, about the time of The Bit's closing, they said.
One of the reasons why the 9,375-square-foot space appealed to them was that they needed a lot of space to put those full-sized tables in.
Entering the front door, you'll find dining areas to the left and the right, along the west wall. A 45-foot oval bar — decked out in steel, of course — will be the centerpiece of the entire room. To the right of it will be an entertainment area — they'll have a collapsible stage for hosting live music — and behind that will be a large kitchen. Off to the left of the bar, along the north wall, will be where the nine full-size pool tables sit.
"As you can see, that's like a third of the space, just for the pool tables," Malwitz said.
Once open, Breakers will seat about 125 people in the two dining areas, one of which will be able to be shut off from the rest of the place to create a banquet room. The menu is still being finalized, the partners said.
At this point the target opening date is Oct. 1, Malwitz said. Once the electrical and plumbing is finished, the rest of it should go fairly rapidly, he said.
He and Smith say they're eager to get open, and that they've heard from a lot of people that they'll be a welcome addition to the downtown.
"I'm pretty excited to get involved next to where all the downtown concerts go on," Malwitz said. "I think that's a big plus for us."