The former Mickey's Irish Saloon building is getting a very different tenant soon.
Rochester Cremation Services is re-working the former bar building at 1605 Civic Center Drive N.W.
Mike Johnson, who owns Rochester Cremation, hopes to be in his new site by end of the month. It's located in a high profile spot on Civic Center Drive, just west of the Hy-Vee grocery store in the Barlow Plaza.
"It's a big project," he said of transforming the saloon into a funeral home.
Funeral Director Johnson explained that his cremation business simply has outgrown its current location at 14 Sixth St. N.W. After a long search, he picked the Civic Center building as the best choice. Johnson is leasing the building, which is owned by Gary Mattison.
"We simply need to have a bigger building for memorial services. A lot of people today don't have their own church any more, so they turn to us," he said.
While there will be memorial services there, the cremation process will not take place in the Civic Center building — it will be done elsewhere.
Mickey Clark opened Mickey's Irish Saloon there in 2004. The bar, which was known for its large St. Patrick's Day party and for hosting boxing/mixed martial arts bouts, closed its doors in May 2013.