Fresh light poured into the corner of Fourth and Evans streets in downtown Reno today. The long awaited The Jesse Hotel and Bar opened this morning, bringing new to life to the former Lincoln Lounge dive bar.

The shape of the more than 100-year-old building is familiar – two big rooms, a bar, seating – but the low light, dark woods, Abraham Lincoln heads, red and gold motif, is completely gone. The Jesse replaced everything with broad windows, Mid-century Modern furniture, a white bar with all new drinks, coffee and eventually food.

And the previously closed off upstairs is now a boutique getaway.

The Jesse, named after Jesse Reno (our city’s namesake) also boasts a stylish indoor and patio