Popular local bar closed, liquor store to replace it

A local bar and restaurant, The Shed, closed this week after six years of operating in the city of Oswego.

The building, which previously housed a bar called The Woodshed, saw remodeling in 2011 after being closed for almost two years.

The original bar opened 30 years prior, but closed when owner Diane Broadwell decided to retire from the business.

Bought in 2011 by Scott and Sarah Grants through Century 21 Galloway Realty, the building had seen many price reductions before a deal was reached in July for $289,265.

After its remodel, The Shed was known for its deals on Wednesday nights. Known as “Yard Night,” the bar sold three-foot-long cups that could be refilled for a nominal price throughout the night.

“[The Shed] has a lot of TVs, a pool table, darts, an outdoor area, and the DJ does a great job taking requests and even announcing stuff like birthdays,” said Matt Stufano in a previous issue of The Oswegonian. “It’s also one of the best places to watch a game with your buddies.”

The Shed had been a popular college bar due to its proximity to the campus. When Scott and Sarah Grants reopened it in 2011, they wanted to serve more than just the college students that had visited The Woodshed before it closed.

“We still want to leave it a college bar, but we also wanted to expand the demographic in which it had served previously,” Scott Grants said in a previous issue of The Oswegonian.

The renovations to the bar made it a bit more like a restaurant, with an expanded kitchen and dining room, serving food in the $8 to $15 dollar range when it opened.

The bar was also a location for charitable functions, partnering with Delta Kappa Kappa to host a fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.

The Grants, owning four other businesses, knew they wanted to own The Shed for about five years and never intended to run long-term. Scott Grants said offers had come in over the period they owned it, but none really satisfied him or Sarah for what the bar would become after sale.

However, Sarah Grants is currently nine months pregnant, and Scott Grants said running a bar alongside their four other businesses is not as simple as it once was.

The purchasers, who will be opening a liquor store in the building, will not be taking the bar itself out of the building, but will incorporate it into their store.

According to The Shed’s Facebook page, the building is closing and being remodeled starting September 5. In the beginning of October, the building will reopen as 5 Points Wine and Liquor.

Scott Grants said that he and Sarah Grants were most upset that they would lose the connection to the campus they had fostered in the years they owned The Shed.

“We have been fortunate enough to create so many lasting friendships and incredible memories over the years,” said a  post on The Shed’s Facebook page. “We will absolutely miss seeing all your faces on Shed Wednesdays.”

Photo: Cole Parzych | The Oswegonian