Rainbow Cafe Restoration

Rainbow Café (209-213 S Main St)
Steve McGee

This project was completed in early September 2006 and is the building that inspired much of the continued façade restoration along Main Street.  Originally known as the Milarkey Building State Saloon, this building is the oldest surviving brick buildings remaining downtown. The transom windows on the first floor underneath the awning were reconstructed to match the original. 

After careful removal of many layers of paint, the original brick was exposed.  It has strong Italianate features, especially on the second floor façade.  The original neon sign was also restored and reset on the façade.  Marble tile was replaced with brick, the front received new trim, and the windows were repaired. 

Text Courtesy of Keith May

The Rainbow Cafe: Before & After Restoration