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New sports lounge and restaurant set to open in Fayette

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FAYETTE (KWWL)-- A sports lounge and fine dining restaurant in one is opening soon in the community of Fayette.

It's called "Victories" and got some financial help from an Upper Iowa Business Development Grant.

This is the third year for the grant, which comes from the Bob and Betty Firth Endowment.

The goal of the endowment is to start new businesses in Fayette.

Upper Iowa received more than 20 applications for this year's grant competition.

Including one from four former UIU students.

"Four of these alums. They've gone on and done different things in different areas, but share the common thread of wanting to give back to Fayette and Upper Iowa University and this was a perfect project to do that," said Andrew Wenthe with the UIU Business Development Grant.

It's a $40,000 cash grant. The building is also provided, built by UIU, and there's no charge for rent for a couple years.

"This opens the door so much wider, makes it all that much more possible. It's not an easy venture to open a restaurant and having help from UIU is a big asset to us," said Raymond Bolinger.

The downstairs is set to be a sports lounge with a pool table and lots of televisions.

It will also include a coffee shop and a store selling Upper Iowa merchandise.

Upstairs, will be a fine dining restaurant.

Executive Chef Matt Henning describes the menu as eclectic.

Everything from burgers to pasta to steak with a local element.

"Get the local farmers involved. That's been my niche the last five years is using local, organic or just locally grown products," said Matt Henning.

The restaurant is located between the laundromat and funeral home on Main Street in Fayette.

And the name "Victories" is sports related, but also the celebration of milestones.

"A 25th wedding anniversary, that's a victory in itself. Graduation from college is a victory. So it touches on lots of different things," said Bolinger.

Raymond Bolinger is looking forward to achieving one of his dreams, owning and operating his own restaurant.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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