Some big news on the WebLinc front… On Friday, we bought the old Revival building with the plan of moving WebLinc into the second floor. There’s still a lot of planning to do, but it’s all pretty exciting.
The building has some great history which I’ll post about over the next few weeks, but the quick overview is that it was built by William Strickland (wikipedia) in 1837 for the Mechanics National Bank. In the 1930’s, it was converted into the Norwegian Seamen’s Church. In 1983, it was purchased by David and Helen Cohen at auction and converted into the infamous Revival. From 1996 on, it was a string of semi-successful nightclubs and restaurants such as Jake and Oliver’s, Wichita Steaks and Brews / Upstage, Life, Coyote Ugly, Foggy Goggles, and most recently Dead Fred’s / Niki Mango’s. There were some pretty big flameouts too.
The liquor license is still with the building, so we’ve got some interesting possibilites. There are a lot of options to choose from from, but it’s all got to be done pretty quickly.
We’ve learned a lot through this process, it was far more complicated than I ever would have thought.