West Duluth's newest bar, The Boreal House, opened Thursday.
Offering a range of craft, domestic and nonalcoholic brews as well as snacks, its owners hope the bar, located at 330 N. 57th Ave. W., becomes the area's next "neighborhood bar." Katie Fast and Julie LaTourelle co-founded the bar.
Ahead of Thursday's opening, Fast said she's most excited to see customers. They have no target market and seek to welcome all people. “We're open to a lot of different kinds of people," Fast said to the News Tribune this summer.
The bar's focus is on regional craft beer, with 14 of its 16 taps being local craft brews and the other two being domestic. There's also a cooler full of tall boys for people not keen on craft, and the bar has its liquor license for cocktails. It will also offer nonalcoholic beer and soda, Fast said.
For food, the bar offers snacks: nachos topped with chicken, beef, veggies and BBQ pork, as well as dip.
Boreal will eventually hold events such as music performances, trivia and bingo. One event Fast said she's looking forward to is Spirit Valley Days.
In the warmer months, the bar will have patio seating and a window on the front that opens like a garage door.
They initially planned to open the bar in November, but construction and obtaining a building permit took longer than planned. Fast said they also had to fix unforeseen problems.
As first-time business owners, "everything for us was a guess. We were trying to be optimist," Fast said "We’re happy about (the opening date)."
People are eager to start enjoying the space, as many have reached out over social media and email, she said.
It’s open 3-11 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. Hours may change based on lunch crowds.
“We’re super pumped," Fast said.