Irish Times in Laurium a-changin’ to Matador

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette The Irish Times building in Laurium will see new life. New owners Roger Reider and Amanda Kesti hope to be open for business by the weekend of May 12, in time for Mother’s Day.

LAURIUM — Roger Reider and Amanda Kesti, new owners of the Irish Times building on Hecla Street, presented their plans to re-open the establishment to the Village Council Tuesday evening.

Reider said he and Kesti will change the establishment’s name to the Matador, which will be a restaurant and bar that will be a seasonal operation, closed during the winter months, and will feature an outdoor dining area.

He said he hopes to be open by Mother’s Day weekend.

“We’re going to open in the building that’s there,” Reider said. “We’re going to serve steaks, pasta, seafood, cocktails, espresso and…desserts.”

Reider will have the outside area cleaned up. He is going to rent an excavator to reduce cleanup time, he said.

Reider, who will manage the kitchen, said the liquor and other licenses are in order. Kesti will manage the dining area.

“We want to do a soft opening sometime in April, which means we’d be open for a week or so,” Reider said, “and then we’d shut down and have a grand opening, which will then be advertised. We’ll have things worked out by then.”

Reider said he brings several years of experience to the new establishment.

“Locally, I’ve been over at Carmelita’s for the last 12 years,” he said. “I helped build that place, twice, after the fire. I’ve also done the Carmelita’s II, which is in Houghton, and I’ve done the Pilgrim River Steakhouse, all with Sandy and Jerry, who are my parents. So we have a lot of resources.”

Reider said the Matador will also have pizzas, using the old “Shawn’s Pizzas recipes, along with their Bloody Marys.”

Trustee Steven Lantot said the village certainly welcomes the business.

“Having a closed business in a building that has been abandoned doesn’t do anybody any good,” he said.