Coming soon: Ol’ Republic Roadhouse in Old 5 Mile House |

Coming soon: Ol’ Republic Roadhouse in Old 5 Mile House

An owner of Ol' Republic Brewery said he'd like the Ol' Republic Roadhouse to open by late October.
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Ol’ Republic Brewery intends to open a restaurant by late October at the Old 5 Mile House near Nevada City, complete with beers from its Argall Way site.

A $1,520,000 federal Small Business Administration loan will fund the 18851 Highway 20 purchase and pay for the $100,000 cost to transfer the liquor license, said Jim Harte, one of the owners.

Ol’ Republic anticipates taking possession of the site this Friday under a temporary lease, enabling it to finish its permitting. The brewery must be the rightful owner and possess the property before the liquor license transfer can go through, Harte said.

“End of October would be nice to do,” Harte said of the restaurant’s opening. “We’re all anxious to get it open before the winter sets in.”

“Our goal is to have a lot of options in the low teens.”— Jim Harte,Co-owner

The restaurant will be called the Ol’ Republic Roadhouse. Harte said he’s planning a monument to memorialize the old Old 5 Mile House — the name of the previous restaurant at the site operated by Robert Smith.

The sale, currently in escrow, could happen around early November, said Jon Blinder, a realtor with Coldwell Banker’s commercial division.

The Old 5 Mile House initially was listed for $839,000. Blinder said it dropped two times, settling at $739,000.

Harte and Blinder declined to discuss specifics of the sale price.

“We were close to their price,” Harte said.

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