A local couple is looking to breathe new life into an old building in historic Boulder City as a place to eat, drink and hang out.
Residents James and Rebecca Hughes recently purchased the former flower shop at 502 Nevada Way and plan to turn it into Hangar 502, a deli, restaurant and bar.
Their plans were presented to the Historic Preservation Committee at its March meeting for preliminary review.
“It’s good to see something happening in that building over there,” Historic Preservation Committee member Glenn Feyen said at the March 22 meeting. “I know it’s not a contributing building, but it looks like the plans… it’s kind of trying to give it back a bit of reflection to match the rest of the old architecture in the city. This is a good thing.”
Although an older building, the Hughes’ ownership does not contribute to the Historic District’s sense of time, place, and historical development. However, they still plan to install historic design elements on the building, including a portico and canopy.
Additionally, the city’s historic preservation consultant, Courtney Mooney of Northwind Resource Consulting, said the Hughes’ plans generally meet State Historic Preservation Office standards and the city’s commercial development guidelines.
“The city and the committee have been incredible from the start. … Getting a ‘soft’ endorsement last night (March 22) was great,” said James Hughes. “We now have direction and plans to submit for final review and start.”
James Hughes said his wife had always wanted to open a delicatessen and the idea for their new business started there.
“We love Boulder City,” he said. “We have lived in (Las) Vegas for over 20 years. … We stopped in town one day after going to the lake and saw the store and thought a grocery store might be there.
He said they contacted their business partner, Martin Toumaian, who is a commercial real estate agent and purchased the property shortly thereafter.
“Our focus was primarily a delicatessen,” said James Hughes. “That was our first intention. Once we got it all cleaned up. … We realized it was bigger than we thought and wondered what else we could do in the space.
They came up with the idea for Hanger 502, a US Air Force-themed bar and restaurant on one side and a deli on the other.
Everything will be under one roof, but there will be two entrances that people can use. The deli entrance will be the door on Nevada Way and the bar will be on the northeast facing wall. There will also be a terrace on this wall.
“The whole building will be Hanger 502. … We just want to have a safe place where people can come and relax and enjoy good food and drink,” James Hughes said.
Hangar 502 will also highlight his 20-year career in the US Air Force. He retired in 2015 as a staff sergeant.
“It will replicate an Air Force hanger and have combat and search and rescue memorabilia on the walls,” he said.
The Hughes hope to open the business on Veterans Day.
“It’s going to be extremely difficult based on our current position, but we’ll work to achieve that goal,” said James Hughes.
Currently, they are awaiting final approval from the city as well as finalizing bids from contractors and securing financing.
The Hughes have lived in Boulder City since November.
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