After a nearly two-year hiatus, the owners of Shooters Wings & Things are planning a comeback in downtown Turlock, with a restaurant that is yet to be named.
While still in the early stages of development, the sports bar and grill is eyeing 146 N. Golden State Boulevard as its next home, moving into the former long-time dwelling of Jura’s Pizza Parlor.
Shooters currently operates two locations: one in Manteca and one in Patterson. According to General Manager Blake Gray, after closing its Turlock location on Geer Road in August 2015, Shooters had difficulty moving into their next location due to contract contingencies.
“We had never planned on being closed for so long,” said Gray. “And with this new location, the only thing that has stopped anyone from moving there is the shape it was in. We had looked into it, but no one had really been willing to put in the renovations that were needed.”
Now under the new ownership of Brownstone Equities, owned by local businessman Matt Swanson, what Gray described as “full-fledged” renovations to the dated building are anticipated to begin soon. While Brownstone Equities was unable to be reached for comment, Dale Falkenberg, owner of Dale’s Guitar, which is located inside of the building, said that he was told renovations are planned for the entire building, with office spaces to be installed upstairs.
While Brownstone Equities’ renovation of downtown Turlock’s Enterprise Building forced some businesses to relocate, Falkenberg said that Dale’s Guitar will remain in its current location throughout the remodeling.
Gray is excited to see this new business endeavor open up in a new location where the ownership is not limited by the designs of its former tenants.
“We’re going to have more flexibility starting with a clean slate,” said Gray. “In our last building, we had to work around what the old restaurant had done, but we’re excited because this time it’s a unique time frame where it’s being totally redone and done from scratch.”
The new restaurant will resemble its Shooters counterpart, said Gray, but with contemporary and up-to-date designs. Thanks to the larger space, the new location will feature one area of the restaurant that is a bar with small-scale seating, and the other half will include a full restaurant atmosphere.
Gray hopes to see the new location up and running by the end of the year, he said, but it all depends on how quickly renovations on the building can be completed.
“We had a pretty good following before we closed, and we know there’s still a demand for the restaurant,” said Gray. “There isn’t really this type of place downtown…We’re looking forward to bringing another sports-type setting to the area.”