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    Riverside Baptist Church in Plymouth will convert former Players Sports Bar and Grill into house of worship.

    A sports bar in Plymouth will soon offer pews instead of brews.

    The Riverside Baptist Church has bought the former Players Sports Bar and Grill on Main Street, according to The Waterbury Republican-American.

    The Planning and Zoning Commission has granted the church a special permit to change the building's use from partying to preaching.

    The former bar and grill is in poor condition, the newspaper reports. In January, a pipe burst and collapsed the ceiling and flooded the basement.

    The bar had to shut down each winter because there was no heat and it also had various fire and building code violations.

    The church pastor, David Townsley, tells The Republican-American that the walls and floors need to be redone and the ceiling needs repair and repainting.

    The church will then convert the bar-area into a 125-seat auditorium and sanctuary and turn the kitchen into a fellowship hall. The pastor says all the renovations will cost more than $100,000.