A downtown Hannibal business has never looked better, sporting a fresh addition with outdoor seating to go along with its refreshed exterior treatment and a menu packed with favorites hearkening back almost four decades.

A downtown Hannibal business has never looked better, sporting a fresh addition with outdoor seating to go along with its refreshed exterior treatment and a menu packed with favorites hearkening back almost four decades.

Broadway Bar & Grill was reopened in November, after the longtime establishment closed its doors in June 2016. Co-owners Scott Gollaher and Dane Riefesel received an outpouring of support from their wives, Brandy and Amber, along with other family members and friends during the seven-month remodeling efforts last November. Everyone involved wanted to bring back the traditional hamburgers, tenderloins and other menu items that were staples since the late Dan Roche opened the bar in 1981. When Roche's sister, previous co-owner Teri Thompson, decided to sell the establishment following Roche's death, Gollaher and Riefesel set to work — culminating with a recent addition and outdoor seating to go along with a fresh exterior and interior treatment completed in November.

The owners and staff members have added a family-friendly physical appearance to a formula that didn't need much tweaking — beverages and hand-prepared food served by smiling, friendly staff members. Gollaher said the addition allowed space for a mix of tall and short tables to better accommodate customers' wishes, along with gaming machines and a billiards table.

Gollaher said building owner George Matyas constantly worked on Broadway Bar and the adjacent building to make them look better, and he embraced the new addition.

“He worked with us because he wanted to see that block improve, and his buildings that he owns on that block he put a lot of time in as well,” Gollaher said.

Gollaher said the seven-week renovation was made possible through strong support from Hannibal's Planning and Zoning Commission, who made it possible to join the two buildings with a brick archway. Gollaher also commended the Hannibal Street Department for their city-wide street work,, which included Dulaney Ave. alongside the business. And Gollaher didn't hesitate to thank the patrons who constantly offer their support.

“It's been overwhelming, the population has really been there for us,” he said. “The city supports us, and we've got people from all over the place who come to eat. The support has been amazing. It really has.”

Looking ahead, an outdoor patio is in the works behind the addition, Gollaher said. And every Thursday, a unique competition takes place — hermit crab racing. Gollaher said each customer receives a free hermit crab, and they bring their crab up for a heat when their number is called “just like at Quincy Raceways.” Gollaher said the crabs are treated very well, and participants have enjoyed the experience once they try it — with the chance to win gift certificates, prizes and free drinks if their crab wins the feature race.

During lunchtime on Thursday, a family sat down in the new addition, saying they are regular customers who can always count on smiling service and their favorite food. Betty Trower noted that the renovations and addition created a family-friendly atmosphere for a longtime favorite destination.

“We love this place,” Jamie Baker said. “We come here quite often. The food is excellent and the staff, they're wonderful. This is one of my favorite places to eat in town.”

Her children, Dannielle Baker and Sidney Patterson, enjoy coming to Broadway Bar & Grill with equal fervor.

“She makes fun of me, but I call them family,” Patterson said.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com