By Natalie Anderson
SALISBURY – With the approval of members of Salisbury City Council on Wednesday, a “classic social gaming club” and tavern are on the horizon for Salisbury town centre.
City Council members approved a Special Use Permit for Larry Roth, owner of the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar at 118 N. Main St., to operate a bar/tavern on the first floor of the building at 118 W. Innes St., which is approximately 2,138 square feet. The bar is said to be called “STL Club” and is described as a classic social gaming club.
The STL Club will feature classic games such as bowling, foosball, trivia, darts, chess, pinball and board games. Roth told council members Wednesday that the bowling alley will feature a 1960 Chicago Coin bowling alley measuring 16 feet long. Roth said it was one of less than 50 still in existence today. Hours of operation would be Wednesday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight. Roth did not say when the facility would open to the public.
The club will offer a $125 annual membership, with tournament opportunities to win gift cards at various downtown restaurants. Although not part of a restaurant, Roth said desserts and gourmet 10-inch pretzels will be available.
Roth said the idea came about because customers at Shuckin’ Shack often asked what was available for middle-aged and older adults after 10 p.m. in downtown Salisbury.
Roth said he restored and replaced the windows and awning and repainted the facade. The interior has been restored with its original 1890 tin ceiling and the plaster removed to expose the original brickwork. Reclaimed wood has also been installed on the accent walls in addition to new wood floors throughout.
The application required a quasi-judicial hearing, which bases its decisions on sworn testimony and findings of fact. Lane Yates, a licensed real estate broker with Cornelius-based Yates Realty, joined the virtual meeting to testify about the impact on surrounding properties. Yates, owner of the building adjacent to 116 West Innes St. and other downtown buildings, said he believes Roth’s vision is great for the area and that the STL club will increase local property values.
Also at the meeting, city council members voted to revisit revisions to the downtown revitalization incentive grant program at the next council meeting, scheduled for Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. The postponement request came from council member Tamara Sheffield, who said she was in trouble. with his computer’s battery, but didn’t want to miss voting on that particular issue.
Also at the meeting:
• Members of City Council donated $112,000 to the Salisbury Fire Department. City manager Lane Bailey said the person who made the donation wished to remain anonymous, but wanted to offer a $1,000 bounty to all firefighters in Salisbury.
• Council members approved a request to permanently close the 100 block of West 16th Street, which includes a 60-foot unimproved right-of-way.
Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.