(Gene O. Morris/McCook Gazette)
This vision culminated this week with the opening of McCook's newest night spot: "Club Paradise."
The 4,100 square foot tropical paradise-themed club is emerging in Budke's former Tri-State Autoplex and Tri-State Spas location at 1006 West B Street.
"I can't believe how well everything has come together," Budke said. "With the creativity, craftsmanship and hard work of Tim of 360 Construction, we have put together an awesome Club Paradise environment.
"All the arrangements have been made. The doors to Club Paradise will swing open for the first time at 3 p.m. Friday. It will be perpetual motion after that, with the club opening Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily, and from 10 a.m. to close throughout the remainder of the National Football League season."
Wow! Sounds fun.
"It's going to be," Budke said. "All the pieces are in place. This is going to be a great club environment.'
Special touches at Club Paradise will include:
* The club's very own, mixologist, Paul Standing, 37. Paul, happy and talented, comes to McCook from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he served as the manager of a bar in a 300-year-old mill building;
* A polished rock-solid bar, created by 360 Construction out of thickly poured concrete;
* An upper deck, furnished with plush couches and chairs to allow for leisurely conversation and comfortable game watching;
* Five big screen television sets, situated strategically throughout the club to show all the latest sports contests;
* A multi-splendored game room, featuring two pool tables, a Foosball game, a dartboard and a brand-new game for Southwest Nebraska, the Tiki Toss;
* Festive tropical colors, including blues, reds, yellows, oranges, and blacks;
* An open-air bar, stocked with six different drafts, 50 bottled beers, and a wide assortment of cocktails, plus:
* Finger Foods galore, including hot dogs, brats, nachos, cheese, popcorn, and Gardetto's.
"Another thing we're going to feature--and this goes along with the Paradise them--is an assortment of fresh fruit cocktails," Budke said. "We will start with strawberries, peaches and pineapple and go from there."
There's also a good chance, in the weeks to come, that sculptural creations will start showing up at Club Paradise. That's because the mixologist, Paul Standing, is also a talented sculptor, having perfected his skill as a Fine Arts student at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. "I have pieces strung all over," Standing said. "I may collect some of them in time to come, sharing them with the crowds at Club Paradise.
"I've been at this location for 18 years," Budke said. "First cars, then spas, then tanning spaces. I've enjoyed them all, but, you know what, Club Paradise may become the most fun of all."