According to an article from Seacoast online, the owner of the State Street Saloon in Portsmouth is getting ready to open Statey Bar and Grille at the former VFW Post 168 property on Deer Street in Portsmouth.

It was about one year ago that the State Street Saloon had a fire and destroyed the restaurant along with other businesses and dwellings on the same block.

The Statey Bar and Grille will be brand new with 25 televisions, new paint and carpeting, according to the article, but there are a couple of things from the old State Street Saloon salvaged from the fire in the new place, including a bar stool that will be suspended from the ceiling over the new popcorn machine. There will reportedly be a wooden State Street Saloon sign that will hang among other signs of restaurant that Eli Sokorelis has owned throughout the years.

Sokorelis had hoped to open Statey on April 10, seacoastonline.com reported, one year from the fire last year, however, the building still needs permits from the city and the kitchen is still under construction.

The menu will pretty much be the same as the old State Street Saloon, including the lobster rolls and $2 drafts, according to the article.

What I'm most excited about, however, is the stage that Sokorelis has reportedly built for live bands and KARAOKE!! YEAH, BABY!

Expecting opening in about a week. See you there!