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November 24, 2013

Old Style's new style

Downtown bar reinvents itself as pub

Since St. Patrick’s Day, the neon sign above Old Style Inn’s door has hung dark.

That’s about to change.

The downtown Logansport hangout owned by Scott and Beth Jones has undergone a facelift since closing March 18 after St. Patrick’s Day festivities. After several months of remodels to both the interior and exterior, the Jones couple hopes to reopen by Thanksgiving.

The interior’s changed — new seating, new metallic ceiling tiles, new decor, a new pool table, even an aquarium behind the bar, flanked by row upon row of beers. More neon lights illuminate the interior, and a 12-foot steel ceiling fan circulates above the bar just in front of the entry. An outside fence delineates space for a beer garden at the rear of the building.

There’s more space inside, too — about 800 square feet of it. An open kitchen near the end of the bar lets patrons watch cook Sonny Walker handle preparations on the expanded menu, including smoked prime steak.

Awnings on the outside, funded in part by a downtown revitalization grant, sport the hangout’s redesigned logo — a woman in a martini glass, a nod to the Old Style Inn’s original logo from decades past.

“We want to be a participant in creating another option in this town to hopefully give people a reason to stay in town,” said Scott Jones.

“And maybe a reason for people outside Logansport to come to our town,” added Beth Jones.

The facade funding program of downtown revitalization organization Logan’s Landing covered $4,699.98, or half the cost of the outside awnings, according to Logan’s Landing director Becki Harris.

“We’re very pleased that the Old Style will be reopening soon and we’re happy to have been a part of their renovation,” Harris said. “Scott Jones has invested a significant amount of money into renovating that property and turning it into a very upscale, attractive downtown business.”

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