Since COVID-19 hit, it’s been out with the old and in with the new at Riverside Sports Bar in Umatilla.
Now that includes a name change.
Owners Daren and Paulette Dufloth unveiled the new name in a recent Facebook video, rechristening the restaurant The Bridge.
The name and the new logo, they said, reference the bridge that spans the Umatilla River as it reaches the Columbia River in Umatilla.
“It’s really exciting for us,” Daren said.
The restaurant at 1501 Sixth St. has undergone major renovations since it closed down in March due to the pandemic. Those renovations included removing the stage and poles that had hosted exotic dancers throughout the business’ 26-year existence.
Now The Bridge will be a family-friendly venue with a new menu. They recently opened for dine-in and takeout, but will officially hold their grand opening on Saturday, July 25, all day, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m.