Renovations are finished at the Uptown VFW, which now boasts the largest sidewalk patio in the city at 90 feet.
While the old bar area is still intact, there is an additional street-facing bar and a large room for performances.
“We can fit 400 people in there,” said Post 246 Commander Dominic Anspach.
In addition to the long-running karaoke, meat raffle and Bingo nights, the VFW has started hosting wrestling events, dance parties and live music. A bags league and other yard games will start indoors this winter.
The VFW now opens at 11 a.m. for lunch, offering $10 weekday specials for any menu item and a beer.
The following is a rundown of other new events in the expanded space:
— A free comedy show, featuring nationally touring comics, is the third Tuesday of the month
— DJ Hotpants performs on the third Friday of every month
— Live music is every Friday and Saturday, including monthly performances by the band Casual Confusion