Open 4 Business
Downtown Restaurant Holds Ribbon Cuttng
Eric Hagglund, or “Haggy,” was eagerly waiting to open his new bar and restaurant in September. Months later, after opening in November, business at 4 Below Haggy’s Bar and Grill has been “very busy.”
“Overall, it’s been really good,” Hagglund said.
An official ribbon cutting was held Jan. 31 to commemorate the opening. In attendance were Hagglund; Eddie Sundquist, Jamestown mayor; Kristy Kathman, Jamestown Renaissance Corp. deputy director; Dan Hickman, Small Business Development Center business manager; Joanna Dahlbeck, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Ireland Hagglund, Hagglund’s daughter; and Beth Hagglund, Hagglund’s wife.
He admitted there have been minor hiccups in starting a new business, but noted that his “great staff” have adjusted.
“Nothing ever goes smoothly, especially when you have new employees, with a new menu, with a new concept, with a new idea to understand how everything goes,” Hagglund said.
In the former Mojo’s building at 104 E. Second St., Hagglund opened 4 Below with the intent to be accommodating to city residents with $4 a la cart-style menu.
The business, that currently employs 18 people, features a 1910s to 1940s theme, but memorabilia hanging on its walls isn’t limited to that time period.
However, adjusting with technology, the bar area features self-serve taps.
“We have a lot people coming in and trying it for the first time, and we get a lot of people liking that,” he said.
Hagglund said the next closest bar utilizing a self-serve bar is located in Cleveland.
The upstairs, where the kitchen is located as well, features over-flow seating and will also be available for closed parties. Hagglund said the extra space has already been utilized for various parties. Requesting the private section for parties is free, too.
4 Below is open Monday through Wednesday 4 -11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.
Hagglund said the first live musical performance in the new bar is expected to take place Feb. 22, with recurring shows every other week.
The new owner said 4 Below’s focus will be to continue to refresh its a la cart menu.
“People love the concept of basically building your own menu,” he said.