Bogtrotters update: Liquor license acquired, opening still a bit off

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Anymore, I get a lot of questions about about what I know about new places opening. Sometimes I know something and can say, sometimes I know something and can’t. More often than not, though, I’m looking for the same answers too.

Lately, many have been asking about Bogtrotters Pub, Grub and Tap. The upcoming Irish pub on 11th Street downtown was announced early this year, and originally planned on opening sometime during the summer. But with the warm season come and gone, we’re still a bit away from the pub opening up.

So what’s going on? The opportunity to buy a city liquor license for the establishment is the reason for the delay, owner Paul Saxton told me on Friday. The cost of a liquor license, if you can get one, runs nearly $200,000, and making that a priority set the open date back, he said.

With the license now secured, Saxton is again moving forward with completing the build-out, kitchen and bar. Beyond the liquor license (which you really do need as an Irish pub. I mean, it just wouldn’t feel right without whiskey, right?), Saxton has hired a bar manager, front of house manager and a general manager he says.

Saxton says he now hopes to be open sometime in the next four months.

He plans to have a minimum of 44 taps for beer (up to 52), and the menu is coming together, with everything from the classic fish and chips, bangers and mash and Shepherd’s Pie, to specials like Boxty (a potato pancake) and Colcannon (a mashed and cabbage dish).

So it seems we’ll have to wait for that Emerald Isle fare downtown a bit longer, and head on over to McNally’s Irish Pub when we need our Irish fix in the meantime.