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New cocktail bar will open this fall in Peyton Building, DBA the Volstead Act

Matt Goodwin will open a new cocktail bar in the Peyton Building later this fall, calling the business the Volstead Act.

The cocktail bar will move into the former Fraiche Contemporary French location, at 12 N. Post St. Goodwin said he hopes to open in September.

Goodwin has been co-owner of several area businesses, including the Boiler Room in the new Cedar Crossing development.

Goodwin said the business name refers to the law that created Prohibition in 1919. “The business will be a pre-Prohibition, classic cocktail lounge,” Goodwin said. He said cocktails produced in speakeasies and illegal bars after Prohibition relied on flavorings, sugar and syrups to mask the taste of bootleg whiskey and gin.

“Classic” pre-1919 cocktails are an emerging social trend, he said.

He’ll lease 750 square feet for the main seating area. Erik Nelson, Cody George and Alison Bantz, all with Kiemle & Hagood, arranged the lease.




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