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Firth Family Bars and Restaurants Updated for the New Generation
FIRTH-When closed in 2020, Collet’s Pub, located at 132 Firth’s main street, has been serving customers for 90 years.
Holly Johnson, who remembers eating burgers with her family as a kid, recently purchased a 1,200-square-foot space and an adjacent old theater.
She and her husband, Brian, and their friends Brett, Jenny’s Olive, and Shris Prestwich are working to update it to a new look. Colette is scheduled to resume in September.
“Our original plan was to keep it open and let people feel the nostalgia of childhood,” Holly told EastIdahoNews.com. “Original bar top here-signed and etched, so put a clear coat (of paint) on it.”
The theater part is the shell of the building, and seats have been left for a long time. He has a lot of sentimental appeal to many in the community, and Holly wants to keep it.
It remains private until I know what to do with it.
“Ultimately, we want to use it as an event center. We just want to hear people and see what they want,” Holly says.
Over the next few years, the couple plans to turn the top of the theater into an apartment.
“We’ve always loved (this building). It’s literally the last old building in our city. Everything else has been demolished,” she says. “It’s very exhausted, but the hull is well built, so we thought.” Let’s see if it wants to sell. “”
You’re talking about Donnie Collet, the grandson of the original owner. Holly bought a building from him in April, but before that he belonged to the Colette family for generations.
It dates back to the early 1900s, when it once functioned as a garage and grocery store.
“I have a picture of a 1910 building, but I don’t know how many years it was built,” Holly says.
According to Holly, Grant Colette purchased it in 1930 and opened Colette’s pub, the first bar in the state to have Budweiser draft beer.
“The original collet bar was in the back. He wasn’t at the forefront right now,” she said. “Apparently, when they closed the grocery store, they moved the bar forward.”
The history of the theater is not very clear. Holly doesn’t remember what it was called or who owned it, but remembers that the Crystal Cone Dance Hall was once on the top floor.
Part of the excitement of this makeover project for Holly is to discover pieces of the story as you go.
The project should grow and evolve over the next few years. Holly will eventually complete the building renovation and expand with new equipment.
For her, this building is a monument to the history of the city and wants to keep it alive for future generations.
“We wanted to keep Colette’s name and we wanted to have something in Firth,” Holly says. “There are no eateries in Firth, except for convenience stores and liquor stores, so we wanted to give people a place to buy burgers for lunch, just as they did when they were kids.”
Members of the board of directors of power companies appointed to regional positions
Ashton-Fall River Electric Cooperative Board member Doug Schmier has been appointed as the second vice president of the Northwest Public Power Association Board of Directors.
The nomination was made at the recent NWPPA Annual Business Conference in Coderlane. Regional Associations represent customer-owned utilities managed in the western United States and more than 155 regions in Canada. NWPPA is governed by a 20-member board of directors consisting of representatives of its members’ utilities.
Schmier was formerly NWPPA Secretary and Treasurer and former Chairman of the Fall River Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. He was elected to the Fall River Board of Directors in 2010 and is a resident and business owner in West Yellowstone, Montana.
Yellowstone Park still has a lot to do
West Yellowstone, Montana — Recent floods have caused many changes in Yellowstone National Park in recent weeks.
If you’re planning a vacation, or are still wondering if you should come, West Yellowstone, Montana is open and safe, and there’s still plenty of visitors to see and go.
There are activities in the town such as hiking and mountain biking on one of the many trails. Families can find wildlife up close at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, recently selected as a winner of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Holidaymakers can also participate in the Wild West Rodeo and enjoy guided horseback riding.
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