GRANDVIEW - Prosser investor Lynn Boast has a vision for his latest project in downtown Grandview.
He said he envisions an American-style family restaurant in what was once known as the Pastime Bar, located next to his recently refurbished Iowa Building.
"My mom, my brother and I own MML Investments, and we have had the great privilege of being a part of the recent transformations taking place in downtown Grandview," said Boast.
When the opportunity arose to purchase the building next door to the Iowa Building, Boast said he was eager to take advantage of it.
His contagious excitement over the new venture can't be ignored. "The city has really been behind us. They have been easy to work with and they see the renovations as being something that would be of great benefit to the community," Boast stated.
He said he has a couple of ideas for the building. "We will improve upon the shell of the building, with hopes of having an American eatery like a steak and pub or a small business incubator here...maybe even a health club...something to bring in more traffic to downtown," Boast explained.
He said he definitely does not want another bar in the location because he has seen such a great improvement in the downtown corridor since merchants in the area have begun a renewed transformation. He noted improvements such as the recently opened Vineyard and Molcajetes. "They have really improved the atmosphere," Boast said.
As a show of support for the community, Boast has volunteered the building as a haunted house sponsored by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center and Grandview Chamber of Commerce's community Halloween event to be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27.
The other half of the haunted house will be in the basement of the Iowa Building.
"I want the community to be proud of downtown. This gives them an opportunity to enjoy themselves. They will be going through the haunted house or participating in the games and various activities that will be on Division Street in front of the buildings," said Boast, stating the event also gives community members an opportunity to experience the revival of downtown Grandview.
He said the one-time bar will be completely remodeled with up-to-code wiring and plumbing, adding, "It will be a fresh start for the building."
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Lynn Boast and his family recently bought the Pastime Bar in Grandview. The building has been vacant since the mid-80s and the Boast family intends to completely refurbish the facility.