The historic Sioux Falls building will be transformed into a new restaurant

What started as an Effting and Co. Grocery Store in the 1900s is getting a makeover.

When the building at 100 S. Grange Ave. became available, Alex Halbach, attorney and owner of Boulevard Properties knew he had to have it.

“I’ve been driving past this building for years and years…I’ve always been driving through this area and driving past the building and (I) always thought it would be a really cool place for a cafe or a restaurant,” said Halbach. . “I asked my realtor to make an offer and get it to buy before I even walked through it because I really liked the building.”

His vision ? Transforming the historic building into a full-service restaurant for breakfast and lunch.

Halbach is working with local restaurateurs for the new venture, including Jordan Taylor and Barry Putzke, who own Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen, Pizza Cheeks and En Place Catering. Patrick Sayler, general manager of Sioux Falls Food Co+op is also involved in the project. The trio is in charge of the restaurant’s menu and staff.

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Renovation plans include outdoor patio space

The 2,000 square foot building has its challenges, however. There are two levels in the building, the ground floor being the intended place for the restaurant. The top floor will ideally serve as a commercial office, Halbach said.

Because of the small indoor dining area, “we had to come up with creative options to allow for more dining space, more seating,” Halbach said.

One way the company achieves this is by adding a 1,200 square foot patio and a 1,000 square foot rooftop patio.

And these are not the only additions.

“We’re hoping to get a secondary permit here that will allow us to build some sort of secondary structure in the back yard, which the hope (for) is that it will be some kind of beer bar and beer garden,” Halbach said.

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Construction will start soon

Construction of the building took longer than expected, Halbach said.

“We were hoping to start in April, but lining up the contractors, getting the necessary permits, getting all the paperwork in place is taking a little longer than expected,” Halbach said.

Although Halbach said he does not yet have a building permit, he hopes one will be issued within the next week or 10 days. Once these are issued, Halbach expects the structural reinforcements to be the first construction element once approved for a permit.

“There’s too much going on in the city right now. They’re supported and they’re doing their best, but it takes time,” Halbach said.

Now the project will have to wait to be finished until spring since the weather is already too cold for concrete and brick. There is a long list of things that need to be built. That includes rebuilding the building, new windows, new doors, a new roof — and the interior is “completely gutted to the ground,” Halbach said.

“There’s basically nothing left of that building, and from there the electrician will start rewiring,” Halbach said. “They have to structurally reinforce the building to support the rooftop patio, so it’s pretty much building a whole new building from the inside out.”

“(It’s) pretty exciting stuff, but (there’s) quite a lot of work that needs to take place on this structure,” added Halbach.

A historic location in the Cathedral Quarter

Halbach is also in the process of listing the structure on the National Register of Historic Places and has completed stage one.

“I’m just waiting for what they call the second part request, which is the request for federal tax credits,” Halbach said. “It will also help pay for some of these renovations.”

While transforming the century-old building into a more modern feel, Halbach said he hopes it will reinvigorate the neighborhood in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

“We’re just excited to be part of the energy that’s going on up there, so (it) should be really cool, I can’t wait to be there. I think Sioux Falls is ready for that type of what I call ‘small commercial development’ in residential historic neighborhoods,” Halbach said. “I’m thrilled that this can really set the scene and really set the tone for what this type of development could look like in Sioux Falls.”

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