made to Royal Room
Since purchasing the Royal Room in October of 2006 from Jody and the late George Todd, Colleen Brinar and Sara Gradillas have made a lot of changes, some of which are still ongoing.
Their pride and joy is the patio area which features multi-level seating areas and tables with umbrellas to provide a pleasant outdoor experience.
They have also made many changes inside the bar, exposing the original brick wall and removing the false ceiling to reveal the original tin ceiling which Brinar cleaned up and painted.
Also added was a raised bandstand area which doubles as extra seating area on nights they don’t have band.
They are still in the process of completely redoing the café area and would like to be able to lease it out. The kitchen has been moved to the back with a brand new large hood and walk-in freezer and refrigerator and is much larger than the old kitchen area. The dining area has been moved upfront. Also rest rooms have been added so that café customers won’t have to go through the bar.
Plans are to make the former Royale Loft area into 6 apartments, returning that area to its original use when the building was the Royale Hotel.
They have redone all the electrical and most of the plumbing.
Brinar has been doing most of the renovation work herself and stressed she is purchasing her supplies and materials locally wherever possible.
She said they also never closed the bar during renovation work with work being done around the customers, and let the customers help choose the color for the interior walls.
Things they’ve added to the business side are barbecue Fridays where they start serving at 11:30 a.m. and continue until gone. Each Friday special changes as they’ve served tri-tip sandwiches, whole barbecued chickens among others.
For evening entertainment they try to have live music once or twice a month, are planning to bring in comedy shows in August and September and also feature karaoke nights.
They also have occasional poker tournaments where people play for prizes and also serve as qualifying tournaments for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
They also plan to start free hot dog Thursdays where you buy a drink and get a free hot dog during happy hour.
The weekend of July 17-18 is the annual Biker Bash and they want to make this event more family friendly. Last year and this year they have adopted charities. Last year it was for battered women and this year they are raising money for the Grangeville Eagles Toys for Tots.