Yager’s ready to tap into nightlife

Sutter Street ‘institution’ reopening after months of closure
By: Don Chaddock The Telegraph
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For a group of local working-class guys, reopening Yager’s Tap House on Sutter Street in Folsom just feels natural. Brothers Michael and Brian McKeown and their friend Josh Irwin are all Orangevale natives. Along with Folsom resident Rolland Williams, they decided it was time to show some respect to a place they knew and loved. “I saw it was available and knew the history of the place,” said Brian McKeown, acting as the bar’s spokesman. “I’ve been here many times and knew it was too good of a deal to pass up.” On Wednesday, the group was preparing the place for its health inspection and hoped to have the doors open by Saturday, just in time for Folsom Live. For those familiar with Yager’s, McKeown said the changes to the interior should be positive. “It’s been remodeled, repainted, refurbished, re-sanded and, most importantly, respected,” he said. “This place is an institution.” Gone is the Tiki hut style roof over the bar, peeling green paint on the air ducts and the tar-black floor. “We will still have fish and chips and we’ll be bringing back live music,” he said. “We’ll also have a late night menu until 1 a.m. which (is rare).” McKeown said they have already joined the Folsom Chamber of Commerce and are grateful for the help they’ve already received. “(Chamber CEO) Joe Gagliardi has been instrumental in helping us out,” he said. “He’s been a great man (to have) in our corner.” He said he is looking forward to opening the doors. “We’re local working class guys,” he said. “We’re a family the way we run things. It should be fun. We’re going to have a good vibe here.” Don Chaddock can be reached at