New Paragon owners Kim and Eric Rogozienski have plans to reopen the popular Queen Anne bar and grill on Aug. 9, and are putting the final touches on the interior while setting up a lineup of musicians to entertain new and returning customers.

Paragon started as a San Francisco Bay Area concept, and Todd Ivester led its expansion to Queen Anne nearly 25 years ago. Earlier this year he sold the bar, grill and live-music venue to the Rogozienskis, who closed Paragon on May 1 for a deep clean, kitchen upgrades and a paint job.

“We’re waiting on some of our equipment to arrive. We’ve got the front dining room pretty much ready to go,” Kim Rogozienski tells Queen Anne News. “Little bit of projects like booths and sanding and stuff, but we’re mostly there on that. We have a couple more weeks. Right now, we’re more focused on hiring staff and training.”

The Paragon had a hiring fair on Thursday and Friday, June 27-28. Rogozienski said they are looking to hire new employees to join a number of returning staff.

The look from inside of the Paragon is still under wraps and is in its beautification process, but Rogozienski said she hopes the inside will give off a “fresher, newer feel of the same place.”

Rogozienski said the Paragon will stay focused on local music, keeping the open mic and jazz night while working with the same curators from before they took over operations.

Rogozienski said she and her husband are ready to see what the future holds.

“This is our future,” she said. “We’ve kind of taken a big risk and changed industry. We’re looking for another 20-25 year run, at least, with the project.”