This longtime Nampa bar closed in August. A new owner just reopened it — with updates

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A Nampa bar that closed this summer has reopened — with a few modern updates.

The 1918 Lounge, 10 13th Ave. South, will celebrate with a grand opening party on Friday, Oct. 22.

Closed Aug. 4 after its proprietors decided to retire, the 1,500-square-foot hangout was purchased by Boise bar owner Ryan Steinbroner. He kept it shuttered for about a month while remodeling occurred, then reopened it in September.

“It’s an old building built in 1918, and it’s got original bones,” Steinbroner said. “We uncovered the windows that were all original. Peeled the carpet off the walls. Original hardwood was down there, and original brick.”

A fire pit was added to the patio, an area with potential to be popular. Smoking was allowed at the 1918 Lounge before it closed. The reincarnated 1918 Lounge does not allow smoking indoors — only on the patio.

The grand opening party, which starts at 7 p.m., will feature drink specials. But prices were always modest at the “intimate little bar,” as Steinbroner calls it. Those haven’t changed.

“The prices stayed the same. Our wells are $3.50,” he said. “But we’ve added some nicer cocktail options, so you can get nice cocktails there. But you also have the option of buying Busch Light in a can, too.”