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The Blarney Stone | 12/13/2011
Since it opened two years ago, the Blarney Stone Pub has been a popular spot in downtown Bismarck, and over the past year, owners have been doubling the size of the business. And the new courtyard offers a more intimate setting compared to the typical rowdy bar crowd.
When walking into the Blarney Stone in Bismarck, it`s hard to believe the Irish pub opened just two years ago. With its century-old brick interior, you`d swear the tavern has a history that goes back decades. But the bar`s owners are wasting no time pondering the future.
Owner Jim Poolman said: "This has been sort of a nine month process in the making. So when you do a constant process like this, it`s give or take. We`re ready to open this new spot any day now."
Workers have been converting the former Window and Doors store space into the new Courtyard. Poolman says once finished, the Blarney will double in size, with seating for nearly 300 people. That includes six secluded booths, a fireplace and a separate bar.
"Opening an entire new side requires at least double the amount of employees that we currently have. We`re still looking for employees to fill the entire location. To make sure that it`s fully staffed," added Poolman.
Once spring returns, Poolman says the courtyard will also feature outdoor seating. Poolman says the recent Renaissance Zone status in the downtown area has helped with the expansion.
Poolman says the pub has also expanded its kitchen and plans to double the staff to keep up with the Courtyard opening.