Staff photo by Emmy Errante
Jerry Allen’s is currently undergoing renovations including new paint, floors and lighting.
Later this month, the renovations of long-time downtown Wrightsville Beach staple, Jerry Allen’s Sports Bar and Grill, will be revealed. On Monday, Feb. 18, Jerry Allen’s co-owner Kelly Baucom said the renovations began Dec. 18; and he expected the total project time to be nine weeks. Despite a few setbacks along the way, Baucom said he thinks both old and new customers will enjoy the new setting that was designed by Troy Kenny of Hagood Homes.
Regular customers to the Wrightsville Beach establishment will notice a complete facelift of both the interior and exterior areas. Baucom said the outdoor patio floor would be stamped concrete and that new aluminum railings would be installed. One of the things Baucom said his fellow co-owner and the restaurant’s namesake, Jerry Allen Lachman, was most excited about, is a new aluminum sign replacing the awning over the patio.
The interior of the restaurant has undergone the most change in the renovations, as Baucom said it was completely gutted, from the flooring to the walls. Concrete floors with a dyed epoxy coating will replace the previous tiled flooring. A new bar top has also been constructed of native riverwood.
To better take advantage of the space, Jerry Allen’s layout has also been modified to create a new seating area where the bathrooms once were. Baucom said there would be booth seating in the new area, and that large windows would provide ample natural lighting and views of downtown Wrightsville Beach.
Eleven 60-inch flat screen LED TVs would ensure that Jerry Allen’s is the best place to watch sports on the beach, Baucom said, and the addition of three 46-inch LED TVs for Xbox and Wii gaming will add to the available entertainment.
Along with the restaurant’s physical appearance, Baucom said the renovations are also being used as a way to transform Jerry Allen’s reputation as a restaurant and bar for college students.
“We are really steering toward a kid-friendly atmosphere,” Baucom said. “We are trying to get away from the bad rap as a bar and more family oriented.”
One of the ways Baucom hopes to embrace the family friendly atmosphere is by making Tuesday nights kid’s nights. His idea is to donate the money parents spend on their children’s meals to the Wrightsville Beach School Parent Teacher Association.
In addition to making an effort to attract families for lunch and dinner hours, while retaining the true character of Jerry Allen’s, Baucom said the renovations would also provide a facelift for downtown Wrightsville Beach.
“We just wanted to freshen everything up and make the outside beautiful because Wrightsville Beach is such a beautiful place and we don’t need the downtown area to get such a bad rap,” he said. “Once people see what we have done hopefully some others will jump on board and try to beautify as much as we have.”