Almost 75 years to the day from when Hermiston’s original Union Club opened, the business’s rebirth was complete Friday with a grand opening.

Owner Justin Doyle told the crowd of nearly 100 gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon that the project had been a “doozy” but he was glad it was finally complete.

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Justin Doyle, owner of the Union Club, speaks to the audience during the club’s grand opening Friday.

“It’s been a tough project, because this building is very old,” he said. “After we started opening things up, this building had a lot of surprises.”

The red brick building on the corner of Main Street and Northeast Second Street was built in 1906. Throughout its history it served a wide variety of purposes, including a library, bar, shops, the headquarters of the East Oregonian and RoeMark’s Mens and Western Wear.

The shorter sides of the building serve as Simmons Insurance offices and the salad shop Veg Out, but the main section has been empty since 2012. Now it will serve as the Union Club, a coffee by day, bar by night establishment that also serves pastries and savory pies.

The grand opening continues Friday night and picks up again Saturday at 3 p.m. with more live music.(tncms-asset)a15daa76-d100-11e9-91f9-cbf8082c30d7[1](/tncms-asset)(tncms-asset)9a1d7a84-d100-11e9-b179-bbfb9c80366e[2](/tncms-asset)(tncms-asset)a8466080-d100-11e9-8796-a30d09857876[3](/tncms-asset)

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Customers sit and talk in the upstairs lounge at the Union Club during its grand opening Friday in downtown Hermiston.

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