Legends bar continues to expand in Clatonia under the guidance of its owner and operator Ron Tegtmeier.
Months ago, Tegtmeier took his late father’s garage encompassing 1,050 feet and began turning it into Legends, a project increasing the square footage of the structure to 4,500 feet with the ability to seat between 120 to 130 people.
“It’s been a labor of love for the whole town,” Tegtmeier said. “People still do care in a small town.”
Tegtmeier is overseeing the structure’s refurbishment. A 1976 graduate of Wilber-Clatonia High School, Tegtmeier had the pleasure of learning from James Novotny, the school’s shop teacher.
“He taught us all how to draw blueprints,” Tegtmeier sad. “I can still draw a mean blue print if I have to. All you kids who take shop class, pay attention. It will work out for the best in the long run.”
Community members, past and present, have been an intricate part of getting Legends up and running. He said community members have donated their time and expertise to his labor of love.
“I don’t know if it is God’s will or just luck,” Tegtmeier said. “Everything is coming together.”
So far, community members have assisted in gathering and or installing items such as drain tubes, light posts, dishes, a ticket window, rafters and an ice cream dipping cabinet to name a few.
Tegtmeier said the ice cream dipping cabinet was purchased for Legends in Lincoln. He said Clatonia’s previous bar, Harvey’s, used to serve ice cream and many people remember meeting at the establishment to enjoy a frozen treat.
“If I’m in a lull and I don’t know what to do someone comes to me and offers their assistance,” he said.
Even though Tegtmeier is excited to complete construction, the end date is still months away.
“There is no guarantees on when Legends will open,” Tegtmeier said.
He said once the last bit of construction is completed he will host a soft opening to make sure all assets of the venue are working well and for those who have helped him get Legends up and running.
“It’s basically half the town at this point,” he said.
The enthusiasm for Legends to open is palpable and resonates with locals and commuters. Tegtmeier said people residing in areas like Lincoln and Plymouth have stopped in to inquire when construction will end.
“They are excited about getting something new in the area,” Tegtmeier said.
For right now the bar is open and accessible through the back door. He gives praise to many people for the success he has experienced throughout his career, including his late father.
“I’m happy to be back here,” he said. “There’s a guy in the corner watching us right now. He’s watching us to make sure it all works. That’s my dad by the way.”