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Atwater welcomes Whiskey River Saloon to downtown

The Atwater Chamber of Commerce hosted the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Whiskey River Saloon located at 1513 Broadway Avenue in Atwater on the evening of June 19.

Guests enjoyed socializing and sipping beer.

During the event, Mayor Paul Creighton welcomed the business to the city.

Atwater Chamber Treasurer Alice Gilbertson introduced Christine Silva, the business owner, and her husband, Jr Silva.

They thanked the guests for coming and appreciated the outstanding attendance at the event.

Certificates were presented by City of Atwater and by representatives from the offices of Congressman Jim Costa, State Assemblyman Adam Gray, and State Senator Anna  Caballero.

Guests feasted on tacos prepared by Taste of Tequila, a local restaurant, in celebration of the grand opening and enjoyed special pricing on beverages provided by Whiskey River Saloon.

Gilbertson said, “It’s nice to see a new business opening up. This is something Chris has wanted to do for some time, and she has the talent and the passion to do it, and we wish her success.”

During an interview with the Times, Christine Silva said, “My husband and I had talked about buying a bar for 10 years. My aunt had owned this bar, and we took it over February 1st.”

She continued, “We totally redid the inside. There’s no smoking inside, but there is smoking out back on the patio. People say they’re comfortable here.”

She exclaimed, “It’s a cowboy bar!  We have a variety of ages. We do karaoke Friday nights.  We have a dance floor. We just started having live music. We plan to offer it at least once a month.  Our first band on June 15 was a five-piece country band, Thunder Road, which includes a sax.”

Silva said she plans to be involved in the community. Besides the Atwater Chamber of Commerce, she has recently joined Historical Downtown Atwater.

A few weeks ago, she set up a beer booth at a roping event on Elliott Avenue in Atwater, which turned out to be a lot of fun.

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