Railway-themed eatery coming to Athletic Club

The fliers announcing the new restaurant are plastered on the windows of the Duluth Athletic Club building in downtown Duluth. Work is underway inside. And it’s probably just a matter of weeks before R Bar, a railway pizzeria, opens its doors.

The new restaurant will be operated by Ron Rushmeyer who owns the Railway Pizzeria & Deli  in Proctor.

Fliers promise the new restaurant will open in August in space formerly occupied by the Score Sports Bar & Grill. The menu menu — for both sit-down eating and take-out — will include pizza, sandwiches, wraps, pasta, baked appetizes, soups and salads.

And — pay attention downtown workers — they say they’ll deliver.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to at least 1 a.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Happy hour will be 4 to 7 p.m. daily and drink specials are promised each day.

Don’t know what they’re prices will be yet, but the prices at the Proctor restaurant range from $1 to $20. And the flier says: "Relax in our casual atmosphere and enjoy our excellent and reasonably-priced food, great drink prices, live entertainment and more."

We hope they make it. Many have tried and failed in that troublesome spot at 21 N. Fourth Ave. W.

We won’t say the Duluth Athletic Club is cursed when it comes to restaurants with staying power. But since the Chinese Lantern — a legend of a restaurant — burnt to a crisp in 1994, no restaurant has been able to make it long-term in the refurbished building.

There was the Blue Water Bar & Grill, then Bella Vita Ristorante, then Champps Americana. All failed. The Duluth Athletic Club Bar & Grill, which opened in 2002 lasted the longest, about five years, before closing in 2007. The Score Sports Bar & Grill, The Ulitmate Experience opened in late 2008 but wasn’t open long.