A group of brothers have some big plans to revitalize a building that houses a well loved Wheeling restaurant.
Doug, Mike, and David Carl are the three brothers who run Three Sons LLC. They all co-own the building off Main and 10th street. The three brothers have been coming into the Bridge Tavern and Grill for years.
They have big plans to turn this run-down building into another modernized building with historic charm. This will be their first commercial project. Mike says, “I think it was the burgers. That’s why we bought the place. It was the burgers!”
What once was the old Wheeling Hotel is now rubble and broken glass, but the brothers see the potential for this to be better than ever. Doug says, “It’s a landmark. As soon as you come off the Interstate, it’s one of the first buildings you see in Wheeling, and it’s got such a rich history.”
They plan on turning the building into floors filled with apartments and offices. Each room will have its own rustic, historical charm with a modern twist. Doug says, “I think being able to be meticulous in restoring this building as close to its original state, I think it’s just going to be a showcase.”
Mike says that this project would not be do-able without the recent increase in the historical tax credit. “Without some sort of tax incentive to get some payback dollars to get the note right, it just doesn’t make sense to renovate these buildings. So that was key to doing this project.”
Phase 1 of the project is expected to be complete by winter of this year. The project as a whole is expected to be done by 2020. “By 2020, I hope we’re actually living here and running things. 2020 is a distance off, so we’re hoping to expedite the construction pretty quickly,” says Mike.
The Bridge Tavern and Grill will remain open throughout the renovations. In fact, the brothers have future plans to renovate the kitchen and layout of the restaurant in the coming years.