Wagner’s Bar & Grille, which closed a week ago after a 13-year run, will reopen Wednesday under a new name and new ownership.
Erie native and longtime businessman Bruce Hoffman said he expects to close today on the purchase of the property and the liquor license from previous owner Bill Wagner.
Hoffman, who said he’s already cleaned and updated the tavern at 1002 W. Eighth St., said it will reopen Wednesday as Bruce’s Pub & Grub.
A former management consultant, manufacturing manager and sales director, Hoffman said, “I have always liked cooking and I have always wanted to have a restaurant. I like people and making people happy.”
Hoffman, who concedes the tavern has gone downhill in recent years, said he plans to reverse that trend with a clean atmosphere, friendly employees and daily lunch and dinner specials.
But he doesn’t plan to change everything.
“I think we are still a tavern,” he said. “We are a place where you can come and know you can come and get some good food and good service.”