The former Sadler’s Western store next to Three Rivers Restaurant has been transformed into Glen Rose’s first comedy club and the reviews are in – it’s a joke and the laughter is contagious.

Sue and David Polley and their son, Robert, spent last week reinventing the space and opened Saturday night with two stand-up comedians, Brent Dawson and Jason Thompson, and a crowd of locals and out-of-town visitors.

The setting had a classy look and atmosphere. Servers stayed busy pouring drinks and serving food. Patrons interviewed afterward said they enjoyed having a new entertainment venue in Glen Rose.

The club will be open for stand-up comic acts on Saturday once a month. It features a full bar and food service. On nights with no comedy, it will have live music.

The comedy club opens at 8 p.m. with a $15 cover charge. Shows are R-rated and contain adult material, but aren’t explicit like the some of the material seen and heard on cable comic shows.

The Polleys also are fine-tuning Three Rivers’ menu to include steak specials, lower prices for some items and a family-oriented atmosphere. Wines by the bottle currently are marked down 50 percent.

Brenda Polley has taken her Sadler’s merchandise and is marketing it at Western shows. She set up shop at the Somervell County Expo this week for the American Junior Rodeo Finals.

“The closing of Sadler’s was not a business failure, it was a business decision,” David Polley said. “We feel we can generate more revenue from a comedy club and live entertainment.”

At the restaurant, diners can expect a five-day lunch buffet that changes daily and costs $9.99.  David Polley said he’d like to get a good lunch business going and wants to emphasize the high quality of food diners can expect.

The Polleys come from a strong cooking heritage. Sue Polley’s “Aunt Pete” ran the famous Ranchman’s Steakhouse in Ponder.

“That’s where I learned to cook steaks,” added David, who hails from North Fort Worth.

The family business remains committed to Glen Rose, he said.

“We’ve made a enormous commitment to this community,” David Polley said. “We’ve invested millions of dollars and we believe in the community and I think that we’ll continue to be supported by it.”