Before and After
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Whiskey Jacques is a place of good times and old friends. When a 2008 fire razed the entire bar and night club, Preston Zeigler of Sawtooth Construction and architect Buffalo Rixon of Ruscitto|Latham|Blanton Architectura were faced with the challenge of restructuring the beloved Whiskey’s. They had a singular goal. “We wanted to try and keep it comfortable and recognized. We didn’t want it to be a new place, just better,” said Rixon of the expedited seven-month project.
Hands-on owner Karen Martin wanted to develop an upstairs bar, which ultimately included two outdoor patios and a multi-purpose room. The floor plan stayed the same as the former Whiskey’s, but better facilities for the staff and bands were added, as well as upgraded bathrooms.
A new visual exterior compatible with a historical Main Street Ketchum theme and an interior that has the same ol’ Whiskey’s feel. As Rixon explained, “The team maintained the building’s heritage while moving it into the future.”
Zeigler said the building’s longevity was important. “This part was tough because so much of the interior is wood and it gets so much abuse,” he said. So an abuse-resistant, Pergo-protected laminate wood flooring was used, a product that’s cheaper to replace every couple of years than it is to refinish the wood floor yearly.
In the Business
Sean Tajkowski of Ketchum’s Technical Planning and Engineering did all the sound to beef up the capabilities for music and entertainment at the bar. Almost all of the subcontractors who worked on the project were local, and Zeigler was excited to showcase local craftsmanship and show how it could all be done without leaving the Valley.
Before: Courtesy Ruscitto|Latham|Blanton Architectura / After: Five B Studios