An authentic Irish Pub in South Fargo has wrapped up construction just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Hennessy's Irish Pub opened it's doors on Thursday and gave Valley News Live a look at the finished project.
Many parts of the bar were actually shipped over from Ireland and installed by Irish contractors that travel all over the world. The pub is offering up classic Irish beverages and a menu with local flavor.
"We have a big weekend coming up with St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, so our immediate concern is to get past the weekend and St. Patty's and show everyone what we're about," explains Director of Operations Shawndee Helm. "But long term we have a great outdoor patio and outdoor bar area so for the summer, we hop to attract a lot of clients."
Hennessy's is located off of 45th Street South in The Shoppes of Osgood South, right next to the Bulldog Tap.
Finding an appropriate license
On Monday Valley News Live first told you about questions involving a liquor license and an Irish pub being built in south Fargo.
The owner of "Hennessy's" also owns "Bulldog Tap", which is right next door.
Hennessy's got the go-ahead from the city in July, who agreed to a single license for both establishments.
The Fargo City Commission decided to revisit the matter on Monday after complaints from another local bar owner's attorney.
Despite that, Hennessy's attorney told us construction is moving forward and they are hoping to open next week.
The authentic construction
Looking to build an authentic Irish pub, Owner Dave Erickson found just what he was looking for by researching Ol Irish Design & Build.
What arrived here in Fargo from Ireland last week wasn't a pot of gold to pay for it, but the makings of a pub and the men to craft it.
"Seeing their previous work and knowing that was something that I wanted, I knew that it was a high quality and I knew that it was something that was going to fit the concept that we're going with," says Erickson while surrounded by construction work.
The crew has been hard at work since last Tuesday, but there's still a lot of work to be done between now and the approaching opening date.
"We're shooting for next week. We're hoping the 12th, I guess, at the latest," he says.
Carpenter Mick Dunne has been with the company for seven years- bringing a bit of Ireland around the world.
"You can't get more authentic than everything being made in Ireland and then shipped over, put together by an Irish crew, so, you know what I mean. The only thing missing is we can't stay," says Dunne.
So Hennessy's staff is hoping the community will find their inner Irish for the upcoming holiday.
"We're excited to kind of get our feet underneath us and be ready to go for St. Patrick's Day weekend and everything involved in that," says Erickson.
Erickson says "Hennessy" is the maiden name of his wife's grandmother who was 100 percent Irish.
"That was how we came up with that name and yeah, I guess it kind of fits everything kind of together. Being that we're 100 percent Irish, that's kind of the idea," he says.
It's a piece of Ireland that's still close to home. Hennessy's says they are looking forward to serving the classing Irish beers and drinks while still serving a menu full of local flavor.