West Duluth is getting a new neighborhood bar this fall.
The Boreal House, owned and created by Katie Fast and Julie LaTourelle, is slated to open in November at 330 N. 57th Ave. W., the building that once housed RJ’s Coffee Den.
“There's a lot of places to go down here. But I think this one's going to be just a little bit different,” said Fast, who lives in the neighborhood.
It’s going to focus on craft beer, with 14 of its 16 taps being craft beer and the other two being domestic. Boreal will also serve liquor and nachos, Fast said.
“We just feel like (the neighborhood is) kind of lacking something, and it was hard to put our finger on. But when we started this idea, we're like, maybe this is it,” Fast said. They then gathered community feedback, and heard people wanted another place to go, she said.
They’re hoping Boreal becomes a place where all types of people feel welcomed, she said. “We're open to like a lot of different kinds of people.”
In the warmer months, the bar will have patio seating and a window on the front that opens like a garage door. They’re also aiming to hold “quirky events,” Fast said, such as a Kentucky Derby Party.
Fast doesn’t have any small-business experience, but said she and LaTourelle both worked in bars to support themselves through college.
“We both always really loved craft beer and ... going to get a beer (is) like bringing your friends together,” she said. “It just seems like a really fun way to be a part of the community and also support our family.”