Rumor has it that over the years, nine people have died in the Bozeman Hotel and its annex. “I don’t know how much truth there is to that, but we definitely hear some weird noises around here,” said Chad Yurashak, owner of Bar 9, a new bar and restaurant scheduled to open this spring. The name, Bar 9, pays tribute to the rumor, to the fact that this is Yurashak’s ninth business, and to the nature of the Western-style branding logo. The business will be housed in two storefronts of the old hotel at Main Street and Rouse Avenue. The space is already being remodeled and filled with copper, steel and old wood. The fir timbers that form the bar were reclaimed from a World War II bunkhouse in Fresno, Calif.
“I’m calling it a ‘Western-industrial’ look,” Yurashak said. “It has a rustic feel, but still caters to the modern day.” The space will be split between the restaurant and bar, which will also include a stage for live music. But it is still a work in progress. “We’ve had a few concepts, but none have come to fruition,” Yurashak said. Outside Bar 9, Yurashak is setting up a patio directly behind the building, under the large trees, with Bozeman Creek babbling beside it. “I feel it’s unparalleled in Bozeman,” Yurashak said. “It’s going to be a very interesting and unique place.” Once open, Yurashak said he hopes Bar 9 will help enhance a downtown demoralized by the March 5, 2009, explosion. “Anything being down here will help increase foot traffic and boost downtown,” he said.