DEADWOOD — Scott and Sharon Jacobs have a passion for preserving historic places and their latest save in Deadwood is located at 79 Sherman St., the former location of ABC Business Supply and the newly planned location of Jacobs Brewhouse and Grocer, slated for a spring 2020 opening.
“Our goal is to make this the coolest place in town,” Scott Jacobs said. “To bring something to town that doesn’t exist.”
In the meantime, the Jacobs are starting from scratch in the 125-year-old historic property, built in 1895, replacing everything from the electrical wiring and plumbing to ceilings and staircases, even the HVAC system.
“We hauled 29 full dump trailers out of here,” Scott Jacobs said.
“When we bought the building, we thought it was a shame it wasn’t being treated with respect, because it is such a great historic building,” Sharon Jacobs said. “You can’t get this back. You don’t get a do-over on an 1895 building. We like bringing them back.”
The Jacobs did their first restoration property in 1982 in New Jersey.
“What we learned from that is that it’s quicker and more cost-effective to start from scratch,” Scott Jacobs said.
Purchased in June for $350,000, Scott Jacobs said the framing and demo work were done in less than one month, with roof repairs being the next biggest hurdle, as the roof is leaking in eight places.
“We’ll spend double as much as the building cost to renovate,” he said. “We just love the building.”
The Jacobs previously renovated the Goldberg building at 670 Main St., incorporating the history of the space into what is now Jacobs Gallery and Scott Jacobs Studio in Deadwood.
“Sharon has great vision on old buildings and the way she sees they can be decorated is spectacular,” Scott Jacobs said of his wife.
The main floor will feature a Brewhouse and Grocer, with local, regional, national, and international beers on tap and a Napa Valley-style selection of high-quality produce, meats, cheeses, and other grocery items for making charcuterie boards.
“If you’re an entertainer, you’ll be able to stop by and grab everything you need for wine and a nice variety of accompaniments, everything you need for a picnic,” Sharon Jacobs said. “But it’s more about giving somebody a place to go that’s not a casino. I’m really looking forward to the families.”
The main floor will also feature a restaurant with indoor seating for around 30 and outdoor seating with a grassy area added that will accommodate around 20.
Customers will be able to select their bottle of wine by hoisting it up via a repurposed manual elevator original to the building that will be removed from that will be moved from the back of the building to the center of the grocery floor.
“We’re going to start slow,” Scott Jacobs said. “In order for this to stay, it needs to be successful locally. We’ll need to meet the needs of the locals. In summer, anybody can make money in Deadwood. Staying open during the winter months is a different story.”
A mezzanine level has been added to the building that will seat around 20 and house a private party room.
The second level of the building, a 2,200 square-foot space, will feature a luxury apartment with three master bedroom suites and three-and-one-half baths available for rent on VRBO, complete with a living room, fireplace, and laundry area and full kitchen, as well as the original 11-foot windows that were covered up over the years
“We’ve got over 30 days booked already,” Scott Jacobs said. “We’re not sparing any expense. We’re going to do it the way it would be done if we were living here.”
The rooms will also feature 65-inch televisions and instead of closets, more historically accurate armoires, even individually controlled heating and air-conditioning.
Discovered behind the plaster on the walls of the upstairs space were random writings in pencil and ink from as early as 1901.
“We’re going to put lights around those and they will serve as the lighting in the rooms,” Scott Jacobs said.
Hard at work on the main floor was a worker who will bring the window trim back to its original glory.
“He’s hand making, hand milling the trim work back to what it looked like in 1895,” Scott Jacobs said.
Brick and beams are now prolific in the space and the Jacobs hope to keep the momentum going on the project.
“If you see things in multiple places that work, such as a brewhouse, a grocer, you can be confident it will work in the location you’re doing it,” Scott Jacobs said.
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