The 715 Club sat empty for so long at the corner of Welton Street and 26th Avenue that decades of rain and snow opened holes in the roof of the building.
That was until the owner of The Matchbox and The Squire Lounge invested several hundred thousand dollars to return the bar at 715 E. 26th Ave. to its original glory.
The 715 Club opened its doors to 300 to 400 people yesterday, Sudhir Kudva said. A grand opening for the bar is set for Sept. 9.
Kudva and his partners Corey Costello and Michael Reilly are keeping the original name and sign.
“I want to have a neighborhood bar and do jazz music,” Kudva said. He lives in the nearby Whittier neighborhood and decided to add The 715 to the other clubs he owns after seeing new development and residents flock to Five Points.
The 715 will have 24 beer taps and feature brews from the nearby Spangalang Brewery. Besides beer, The 715 will be a “super local whiskey and tequila bar,” Kudva said.
The building the bar is operating out of was built in 1927 and last used in the ’80s. The property where the bar sits was used by Zona’s Tamales until the restaurant stand was closed after the owner was accused of dealing in stolen cigarettes and televisions.
Kudva said the time seemed right to invest in the area.
“I’ve been on Colfax for 14 years, and I live right down the street,” he said. “This is a good neighborhood and these are good people. There just needs to be more development in the area.”