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Dave Olson, Published December 14 2012

Popular Bismarck Irish pub plans West Fargo location

WEST FARGO – The creators of a popular bar and restaurant in Bismarck are hoping to re-create that success with a location in West Fargo.

The ownership group behind the Blarney Stone Pub is in the process of acquiring a parcel of land at 1910 9th St. E. in West Fargo, said Jim Poolman, a partner in the group that opened its first Blarney Stone in Bismarck in 2009.

Construction is expected to start early next year at the location near Cheney Middle School.

Poolman said the pub will have two sides, one of which will have overhead doors that can be opened in warm weather to create an indoor-outdoor space.

There will also be a raised mezzanine area, similar to the one in the Bismarck restaurant.

The West Fargo Blarney Stone staff will be a mix of 60 to 70 full- and part-time workers.

“This will replicate our Bismarck store,” Poolman said, adding that the restaurant will offer traditional Irish fare, ranging from bangers and mash to Irish stew.

“One of our most popular features is a Saturday morning breakfast called ‘Dinner in Dublin,’ ’’ he added.

The restaurant’s request for a liquor and beer license will be heard Monday night by the West Fargo City Commission.

Poolman said Blarney Stone offers 30 varieties of beer at its Bismarck location and the West Fargo store will offer as many, if not more.

“We’re very excited about the new development in West Fargo,” he said.

“With the Costco going out there, Sanford building out there, the new hotels going out there, we figured it was an underserved area.

“And we also figured that we will be different enough that people in Fargo will travel out to see us,” Poolman said.

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