By Veronica LeMaster
A new bar/barbershop pair is coming to downtown Meridian.
The Roosevelt Bar will open alongside barbershop Barclay & Hill, both housed in the same building as Frontier Club, located at 126 E. Broadway Ave. in downtown Meridian.
The 120-year-old building is owned by Ryan Steinbroner who is also the proprietor of Frontier Club, a 50-year-old bar that has changed ownership over the years. He renovated the two storefronts to be a bar/barbershop duo and leased space to Trevor Hill, a local barber that has been practicing for over 13 years, most recently at The Beardsmith in Garden City, who will own and operate Barclay & Hill.
On Friday, March 13 doors will open to The Roosevelt Bar, a bar inspired by the 1900-era, and named after Teddy Roosevelt himself. Inside, you’ll be greeted by a mounted grizzly bear, similar to the one Roosevelt had at the White House during his presidency. The space is “intimate” as explained by Steinbroner, a different setting that the Frontier Club next-door. The interior will have custom booths, walnut slab tables, and exposed brick, giving the bar a distinctive look.
“We want a place that is number one unique, but also a very nice place that someone can enjoy a nice cocktail,” Steinbroner said.
The Roosevelt Bar will share a patio with the Frontier Club and will also have access to a new taco truck that will sit in the back of the property. Next-door will sit Barclay & Hill, a barbershop with similar style elements as The Roosevelt Bar. While the two are separate businesses, Steinbroner plans to work with Hill for future events.
“We’re going to try to do promotions and events together, and we feel like they’ll pair very nicely together,” he said.
Hill and Steinbroner met at a Boise State University event about a year ago and reconnected when Hill was scouting for locations and saw the vacancy next-door to the Frontier Club. Remembering that Steinbroner owned the Frontier Club, he decided to ask the bartender on shift who owned the building, quickly finding out that Steinbroner had just purchased it.
After calling Steinbroner to ask what he planned to do with the two open spaces and finding out that he was building a new bar, is when Hill pitched the idea of a bar/barbershop duo that would soon turn into a reality.
Owning a barbershop has always been a dream for Hill, as he opened one in 2010 that shortly closed.
“I learned a lot from that shop,” he said, as he explained how his failures led to his greatest successes. “Now, I am literally building my dream barbershop.”
The interior will have a similar theme to The Roosevelt Bar, as Hill described as “rugged refinement” and having the elements of a 120-year-old building, with original brick and floors. Antique barber chairs and custom-built barber stations will give the area that “refined” look.
“Think of a cigar lounge meets a gentleman’s study in their house,” Hill explained. “I’m building an experience; you can’t necessarily describe it because it’s going to be different for each person of what they enjoy when they come in.”
Barclay & Hill will not be open at the time The Roosevelt Bar opens its doors, but you can expect to see the barbershops grand opening in April.