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Martini bar opening in downtown Saginaw

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Renovations bring new life to downtown Saginaw.

In May construction began on a martini bar inside the Bancroft building. Now the project's almost finished.

"It was in a terrible state of display although historic, now it's absolutely beautiful," said Beth Ernat, executive director of the downtown development authority

The newly renovated Bancroft building is already leasing apartments. Soon the martini bar and coffee shop will bring energy and commerce to downtown Saginaw.

"That's progress. It's the most that has opened downtown in a long time," Ernat said.

The coffee shop and martini bar are still getting their finishing touches, but they should both be open in August.

"We have a lot of hoops to jump through yet with a lot of certifications and licenses and permits. And we're finishing them up as we talk, so we're going at break-neck speed, but we also want to be ready on day one. So that will be the third week of August," said Levi Hatter, executive director of food and beverage at the Bancroft.

Before the summer's end the corner of Washington and Genesee will be bustling with business.

"I would call it putting the bow on the package, the finishing touches. And honestly, it's all of the tinniest of details, decorations, finishing the menu. So we're taking it from concept to reality and as you turn the last page, that's exactly where it is," Hatter said.

With vintage drinks and decor, you'll feel like you traveled back to the 1920s, all with a modern twist. 

"We want this to be a step back in time. But we want it to still be Saginaw. There will be a lot of big city influence, Chicago influence, but we want it to still be Saginaw," Hatter said.

The hope is this project kicks off a re-birth of downtown Saginaw, with many other businesses following Bancroft's lead.

"I hope this place starts to engrain itself and earn its place in the city," Hatter said.

While you may have to wait just less than a month for the coffee shop and martini bar, if you're looking for an apartment the Bancroft is currently leasing.

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