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A long-time Hudson establishment is sold

The landmark Bob Smith's Sports Club in downtown Hudson has new owners.

One of them, Thomas J. Tomaro of Stillwater, came forward at Monday night's City Council meeting to request a new liquor license for the establishment.

"We look at it as a historic property with a lot of character," Tomaro said of the bar and restaurant at 601 Second St.

Tomaro said that he and partner Michael J. Tupa, also of Stillwater, plan to "peel back the layers" of the establishment's interior to create a rustic lodge theme.

The work will be done over time, he said, and the business will remain open during the process. He said the new owners haven't decided on a name for the bar and restaurant yet. For now, it will remain the Sports Club.

The council approved the license application, minus a proposed outdoor patio area.

Tomaro accepted the decision. He said he was working with Community Development Director Dennis Darnold and Building Inspector David Gray on a plan for the patio, and would seek an amendment to the liquor license when he is ready to move forward with the construction.

Tomaro is listed as the chief manager of the new Sports Club Inc. on the license application. Tupa is named as a member.

Dana Smith, son of Sports Club founder Bob Smith, and a long-time manager of the business, is listed as the agent for the new business.

Stageline Road

The council agreed to take over maintenance responsibilities for a 0.43-mile stretch of Stageline Road from Center Drive to the east side of Hudson Hospital and Clinics. That portion of the road has been under the jurisdiction of the town of Hudson.

In a memo to council members, Darnold said Hudson Town Chair Jeff Johnson had asked if the city wanted to take responsibility for the stretch of road, which is bounded by I-94 and the hospital. The hospital is within the city limits.

The stretch of road includes the spot where a roundabout will be built at the new access to the hospital parking lots.

"The city is benefitting from the property taxes from the hospital, so in my opinion we should maintain the road in front of it," Darnold said, addressing the council.

Mayor Alan Burchill noted that city would also receive additional state transportation aid for assuming jurisdiction of the road.

Alderperson John Hoggatt asked why the town of Hudson had maintained jurisdiction of the road when it was within the city. The state transportation aid was probably the reason, he was told.

Street maintenance

The council accepted a $5,100 proposal from Foth Infrastructure and Environment to prepare the bidding documents for the 2013 street maintenance projects. The city budget includes $225,000 for the flex-patching and seal-coating.

The maintenance work is planned for:

--Vine Street, from Wisconsin Street to Carmichael Road;

--Jodi Circle, Ruby Road and West Pine Road in the Vine Hills subdivision;

--Seventh Street, from Wisconsin Street to the bridge deck;

--Seventh Street, from Wisconsin Street to Summer Street;

--Stageline Road, from Coachlight Trail to the Hwy. 35 bridge;

--Hunter Hill Road, from Wisconsin Street to Grandview Drive;

--the dike road, from First Street to the end; and

--the Crest View Drive walking path, from Carmichael Road to 11th Street.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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