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Ruddick/Wood is poised to open

New business — Awaiting city permits, tavern inches toward grand opening on First Street


It’s been a little more than two months since Ruddick/Wood was fully funded on Kickstarter, and now the Newberg tavern and bistro, located at 720 E. First St., is in its final stages.

Although there is still sawdust on the floor and barstools wrapped in bubble wrap, co-owner Kyle Lattimer said they hope to open the tavern side of R/W in about a week.

“We have everything (done), other than the trim work, finishing touches, some art work and cleaning,” Lattimer said, adding that owners also still need the city permits required to open. He expects those should be issued fairly soon after an inspection.

The first public dining opportunity will be on Thanksgiving in the private dining room, for eight to 12 people.

The dining side of R/W is planned to open at a later date, but the tavern is designed to be warm and inviting. It feels like stepping into an old saloon, which is exactly how co-owner Paul Losch described it.

“It’s based on the old tavern feel, a saloon feel,” Losch said. “It feels kind of feels old timey.”

The booths and tables are wooden, as is the bar and most other elements.

“We’re really just utilizing as much as we can from the existing building,” Lattimer said.

This includes using parts of the building to create other pieces. Such as beams they found in the ceiling. Losch said they took one and split it to create the high-table in the tavern, which runs parallel to the bar in the center of the space.

As for the product aspect, the bar and food menus are still being finalized.

“We’re still tasting through local wineries to figure out what wines to bring for the release,” Lattimer said. “It will be a fairly small passport list to start off, maybe eight to 10 glasses.”

But the beer and liquor has already been purchased. The bar food menu will have about 12 items to select from.

“It will be super casual, small, kind of snacky,” Lattimer said. “We’re going to have really approachable, easy food. A pretzel with mustard, burger, veggie sides. It’ll constantly evolve.”

Lattimer said although the process is coming to a close, it’s been a lengthy journey.

“I started to lease the space in January and then Paul and I met … and did some planning,” he said.

After submitting construction plans to the city, they started renovation in the summer.

“It’s just been a lot of work because a lot of time it’s just been Paul and me doing a lot of the labor work,” he said.

But with the opening staff hired, they said they are essentially ready to open the doors.

“We’re not going to do the thing where you pre-sell dinner or something,” Losch said. “We will probably do a quiet night for close friends and then roll out pretty soft. Maybe do something for industry folks we know in the area. We will probably announce fairly quietly through social media and word of mouth. Once we have a date I think it will travel fairly fast.”

To keep up-to-date with R/W visit their website, www.ruddickwood.com or on.fb.me/1brx8mY.



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