Carnahan steers River City in a new direction

5 Mar

To paraphrase the old recruiting poster, Bob Carnahan wants YOU … to take over the space occupied for years by the River City Saloon. It was the Wauna Room up until 1984, became the River City then and came under new ownership in March 2000, when Carnahan bought the fomer Waucoma Hotel (1904) building.


“It was a pretty nasty place until we took it over,” he recalls. “We redid the basement and ground floors, did seismic upgrades.”

He even had a letter of intent from a broadband tech startup, which wanted the upper floors, but that deal collapsed when financing fell through.


Carnahan says 10 years is enough time operating a bar and live music venue. May 1 will be the last day. Then?

He’s flexible. He would like to lease the space, complete with all the audio gear and bar equipment, for around $5K a month. The name comes with the space, if the renter wants. Or they could re-brand. No worries. Carnahan would like at least a 2-year lease.

Heck, a new occupant could probably work a deal with longtime manager Shawn Robarts, who Carnahan says “is as solid as gold.”

Carnahan knows something about the hardness of metal. He still has business interests back in his native Michigan. One, Thixomat, developed an injection molding process for magnesium. In lay terms, they would get the metal soft enough — but not liquid — to extrude into the desired shape.  Curious? The home page has an auto-loaded video explaining how it works.

After retiring from the corporate world and moving to Park City, Utah, Carnahan tried his hand at the restaurant business, then got involved in another company, Radius Engineering, that does high-performance carbon fiber composites. They do carbon fiber bike frames for Trek, for instance.

If you’re interested in the River City space, call Bob at 541-490-0750, or e-mail him.

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