HagÅtña now has another attraction to add to its list. The Paseo Beach House opened its doors to the public on Aug. 25 and drew in a crowd. Although the location hosted several bars over the years Darryl Styles owner of the Paseo Beach House said his business would be the exception.

Styles invested more than $120 000 in improving the building and is leasing it. This actions support his intention of being around for the long haul. Styles said "We totally gutted the place out. We ripped up the floors for new drains rewired the electrical." He said "We tore down the wall to open the whole room up to the ocean view."

According to Styles the windows were once painted black but the property owned by E.C. Development has undergone a 180-degree change of emphasis. The ocean is now the undeniable focus of the new establishment. The 56-foot bar is backed by a 300-gallon saltwater fish tank. "We’re looking for a mermaid to swim around in there " Styles joked.

Greg Martin manager of the Paseo Beach House told the Journal "We want this place to appeal to a more mature managed crowd." He said "We will have live music that won’t burst your eardrums in here. It’s going to be a great place to enjoy the view and have a drink."

The building is undergoing a three-phased renovation "" the first phase is the opening of the first floor. The entire wall facing the HagÅtña Bay is filled with large windows and the room is enclosed with several strategically placed air conditioning units. In addition to the Internet jukebox there is free wireless Web access throughout the lounge area which has over 1 800 square feet of roaming space. Other highlights of the first floor include a "bill-accepting" pool table the first one on Guam according to Styles. He also owns D&D Games which manages distributes and sells coin-operated billiards tables and amusement machines. By football season Styles said he expects to have four 42" television screens mounted on the wall.

The second phase will introduce an outdoor patio upstairs serviced by a separate bar. Expected for completion within six to eight weeks the upstairs area will also feature a dance floor and another venue for live music. The third phase will be the construction of a kitchen equipped for steak and seafood preparations.

Nora Camacho project manager for the HagÅtña Restoration District said she was pleased to hear about the renovations made in the opening of the club. She said "For us we’re excited that they’ve renovated instead of just trying to open up another business. This kind of activity can create other positive effects enticing other neighbors to upgrade." she said. The Paseo Beach House sits at the northern end of the planned restoration district.

According to Camacho "Evening business is great for the area. There are lots of bars and restaurants here but thy’re all inland." She said "It’s high time that Guam has another beach bar that is not attached to a hotel."

This is precisely what Styles planned. Styles told the Journal "We’re going to clean up the beach completely get rid of the big rocks and have great beach parties." He said "We’ve built an outdoor shower and restroom for those who want to come into the club from the beach." MBJ