EUGENE, Ore. - Developers of the First On Broadway Project, Steve Master and Tim Weiskind, bought the historic landmark with the idea of restoring some of the past, creating a place for the future and bringing to the center of Eugene a public house where people can meet, drink a local beverage, have something to eat and take in a movie.
First National Taphouse is the centerpiece of Master Capital Development's renovation of one of Eugene's oldest buildings.
The Bristow's Brick Building is also one of Eugene's first brick buildings. It was built in 1866. When you tour the place you will see that much of that brick is still visible in the Taphouse and in the apartments upstairs.
In the late 1800s the building became home to The First National Bank of Eugene. Many of the old bank vaults are on display throughout the Taphouse. One of the doors was found in Creswell, in the possession of a former bank employee who called to offer it to project.
The First on Broadway building will be home to the Bijou Metro Cinema, expected to open soon. On the lower level four theaters will play movies bringing entertainment back to the heart of Eugene.
Upstairs are 16 beautifully laid out apartments including two, two story penthouses.
The actual Taphouse bar and kitchen are literally in the old vault on the main floor.