The RailYard was not going to let a global pandemic derail it. After all, the Bluefield restaurant, cocktail lounge, and live music venue was part of a community of people and other small businesses all pulling together.
Preservation and perseverance
Starting around 2012, the nonprofit Bluefield Preservation Society tackled a series of long-term restoration and renovation projects in Bluefield’s historic downtown. The efforts included replacing lamp posts, renovating the 1928 Granada Theatre (which celebrated its grand debut Aug. 28, 2021) and developing the Blue Spoon Café as a business incubator in 2015.
The Bluefield Preservation Society also created the Depot District, where the RailYard opened in 2014.
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