July 8, 2019
For the second time in the last two years, members of Salem’s real estate, restaurant and tourism community gathered inside the towering brick and stone shell of the 120 Commercial building. On July 8, guests attended a special event to see the construction progress and meet the new restaurateur who would be the first to lease building space.
Building owner Scott Chernoff of Cumberland Holdings prepared to announce that Masonry Grill would open in the space formerly occupied by the Spaghetti Warehouse, Alessandro’s and Old Chicago Pizza.
The 120 Commercial Street building was originally constructed around 1870 as a livery stable house. Throughout the renovations, Chernoff said he is working to keep the historical elements alive while adding more modern amenities. For example, an elevator to the second floor and windows and doors that open to the parking lot next to A.J. Klausen’s Victory Club are being added. Klausen attended the event with Dean Howes of Vagabond Brewing.
Commercial Realtor Pam Rushing had her whole family working. Grandchildren Olivia Outhouse of South Salem High School handed out tour maps, while Camden White and Kiera White from Sprague helped guide guests around the spaces. All three students are in the ‘leadership’ program at their highschools
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett toured the building with Salem Chamber Executive Director Tom Hoffert. Chad Elliott of Duncan Construction showed Rich Kansky of Green Acres Landscape important aspects of the building design.
Property Manager Jodie Vaughn visited with Travel Salem staff including Director Angie Onyewuchi, Debbie McCune and Sue Nichols. Kara Campuzano from the Salem Convention Center joined the party just a few days after being named first runner-up for Mrs. Oregon.