After working at Gilly’s Bar & Grill for six years and purchasing the downtown Grand Forks establishment last year, Nick and Sarah Horak are ready to make the place their own.
The husband-and-wife business owners are transforming the late-night college hotspot into a bar focusing on craft beers and eatery featuring entrees that go beyond the usual bar fare of fried food.
Gilly’s will close for a few days this week and reopen Friday as Brick & Barley Bar & Restaurant.
Having a craft beer bar is something the Horaks say they have wanted for some time and hope the move will expand their customer base.
“Right now, downtown is lacking a bar for all ages,” Nick Horak, 28, said. “We want to make this a place that’s not just for young people.”
The rebranding of the bar includes a new name, new look, an expanded menu and dozens more tap beer choices.
“We want coming here to be more of an experience,” Sarah Horak, 27, said.
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You can check out the new establishment’s Facebook page for daily updates on menu items and drink specials. The old Gilly’s page is gone or you could have taken a peek at some of the dishes the gastropub will be offering.