Country bar coming “soon” to downtown.

For more than a month, the sign in the window at the former European Bakery in downtown Duluth says Spurs on 1st, Duluth’s newest country bar, is “coming soon.”

And for weeks, I have tried to find out more.

Nick Patronas, who owns Aces on First next door is apparently behind the venture. But he’s not talking. Or at least, he’s hasn’t returned my phone calls.

Building owner, Joe Kovich, also is keeping mum.

“I can’t comment,” he said. “ I have signed a confidentiality agreement (with the tenant).”

A country western bar at 109 W. First St. would be the only one downtown, and one of the few in Duluth. And because of that, it just might work.

But “soon”? I don’t think so.

The space is in rough shape. Much work will be needed to transform the first floor of the 1888 building into a decent tavern.

Workers have been gutting the entire first floor where the bar will be. And by the looks of things during a recent visit, it’s going to take some time. My eye caught on the tall ceilings, architectural features denoting another time, and wallpaper still on some walls that probably dates back 100 years.

According to a workman, Patronas is aiming to maintain a lot of that character, including tin ceilings that have been carefully removed for restoration and reuse and ornate radiators that the worker said Patronas likes and wants to keep.

If they can do all that, it’ll be worth the wait.