By Shawn Regan
---- — HAVERHILL — Coaches Sports Bar & Grill, a new downtown restaurant and nightclub that Mayor James Fiorentini highlighted in his State of the City speech two months ago, hopes to open this month in the historic Whittier Hotel building.
The business received its food, entertainment and local liquor licenses last night, and awaits final approval from state alcohol regulators.
Joan Kaskiewicz, an accountant and one of three partners in the enterprise, said renovations to the 7,100 square-foot space have been completed and that the establishment is ready to open as soon as it receives approval from the state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. She said the owners are hosting a private, “soft-opening” tomorrow night for friends and family.
“It’s going to be a family-oriented business with billiards, homemade food, 11 large TVs and a game room,” Kaskiewicz told the commission. “But all children will have to go home by 8 p.m.”
Kaskiewicz, who said her partners include her son Charles Defelice and her wife Jodi Kaskiewicz, said the business is not affiliated with a Georgetown restaurant with a similar name.
The old Whittier Hotel building, which operated as a hotel until the 1980s, is in the middle of downtown at 2 Essex St. The first-floor restaurant space also has an entrance on Washington Street.
The 130-year-old building has been home to several small eateries, condominiums and retail stores in recent years. With its fancy ironwork and Gothic-style arches on top, the structure is considered one of downtown’s finest examples of Queen Anne architecture.