Twenty-five years ago Turlock’s Jerry Powell had a dream of sitting down and enjoying a perfectly made cocktail at a bar he could call his own. It seemed as if Powell’s dream had come to fruition earlier this year when he and Shayne Heine opened The Udder Place, but it turns out that was just phase one of the dream.
Powell and Heine have plans to expand The Udder Place’s location at 110 W. Main Street into the vacant building next door at 108 W. Main Street. Powell’s vision of the expansion includes a dance floor, a second bar, a kitchen, outdoor seating, and a stage that will feature local talent and out-of-town acts.
“Using the space next door was always a part of the overall vision for this place,” Powell said. “It was just a matter of timing, so it’s exciting to be moving in that direction.”
The Udder Place opened in January of this year and has been enjoying a consistent stream of patrons coming in to enjoy an adult beverage. The modern take on the classic western bar features a wagon wheel light fixture with Edison light bulbs and a long bar made from reclaimed Redwood that was originally part of a Catholic church built in San Francisco in 1906. The full-service bar offers a wide selection of mixed drinks, wines and beers, including some of the “old-school” varieties.
Powell expects the expansion will take about six months to complete and once open will not only double the space, but also the staffing. The Turlock Planning Commission is expected to hear a staff report in regards to the expansion on Sept. 3.
And while the idea of the expansion may seem daunting at times, Powell is eager to keep the business thriving.
“From day one our guests have been telling us that they want the place to be bigger,” said Powell. “Now we can give it to them.”