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New sports bar approved for downtown revitalization funds

February 24, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"The Pump," planned as a new sports bar and lunch spot at the former Town Pump location in downtown Tama got a boost from the Tama City Council Monday night. Council members voted 4-0 to approve downtown revitalization grants for the business including facade and interior grants.

Voting in favor were council members Robert Tyynismaa, Emily Babinat, Aaron Haughey and Kenny McAdoo. Member Doug Ray was absent.

Building owner Allen Timm and new business operators Jeff Niedermann and Nathan Doran have to sign off on the deal which will provide up to $11,00 in grants for building improvements based up on the total cost of the work. In addition, a New Business Incentive Program will provide for free city water-sewer service every other month during the first year of operation.

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Work is underway on the former Town Pump location in downtown Tama. Plans are for a new facade as well as extensive interior remodeling before reopening as The Pump, a sports bar and lunch spot.
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Neidermann and Doran, South Tama High School teachers said the improvements they plan are extensive. The Town Pump has been closed for about three years and reverted back to ownership of Timm after the closing by a Cedar Rapids owner.

They said they realistically expect to open in April.

The application portrays the new business as a "sports bar that offers food and drink and games to watch." They told the council they plan on having live musical entertainment and they plan to include many televisions.

Among the improvements they list are replacing the shake shingle overhang in front with a metal canopy, new front windows, replace the rear deck, ceiling work, new wiring and equipment.

The application says they plan ot lease the building at 218 West 3rd St. from Timm for one year and then purchase it.

Nathan Doran is a Tama native and teaches high school and middle school art.

Jeff Niedermann, Marshalltown, teaches high school industrial technology. In addition to teaching, Neidermann is involved with several businesses including a marketing company, a sales company, a hunting guide service, has operated a detasseling crew for 25 years and owns five rental properties.



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