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3rd Street Station begins expansion

By Staff | May 30, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT The parking lot in front of 3rd Street Station has been torn out as part of its renovation and expansion process. Despite construction, the Rugby bar and grill is still open for business.

Drivers going down Main Avenue in Rugby noticed what was once a parking lot in front of 3rd Street Station was stripped away. The old lot has been sealed off from the street by a barrier from Deplazes Construction.

According to owner Dan Corum, it’s all part of another planned expansion.

“We’ll more than double our square footage,” Corum said.

Plans are underway for a game room, an expanded and relocated bar area, renovated bathrooms, an elevated stage area for bands, a larger kitchen and a new outdoor area. Other plans include moving the dart boards to a different part of the bar and bringing in new TVs for sporting events.

The plans started last year, and the ripping of the parking lot started two weeks ago.

“The weather’s not cooperating at all,” Corum said of the construction process. “We hope to be done, hopefully, by mid-August.”

Corum said, for the most part, the bar will be open while construction is taking place.

“There will be a time when we’ll have to shut down, but it shouldn’t be much more than two to three weeks,” Corum said.

The Corums bought the building in late 2008. At the time, it was a gas station known as Dave’s Service, owned by Dave and Char Wurgler of Rugby. Since then, they added on, creating space for additional seating.

Patrons can check the bar’s Facebook page for updates on the construction process.

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