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Celts will take over at Farmington Eagles

The Farmington Eagles Club will get a new name, a new look and a whole new menu at the beginning of May.

Celts, a restaurant and bar that started in Rosemount in 2001 and has expanded to locations in Hastings and Inver Grove Heights, will take over operations at the Farmington club at the end of April. Owner Brandon Barth received a liquor license for the new restaurant at a Monday night Farmington City Council meeting.

Barth said he plans to add a fresh coat of paint and 15 new TVs in the restaurant side of the Eagles Club. He also plans to bring in the menu from his Irish-themed Rosemount restaurant.

"We'll have corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips for dinners. And of course all our burgers and salads," Barth said. "We're going to continue to do the breakfasts they do because that seems to go pretty well."

Barth also plans to bring in a new selection of beers featuring Twin Cities brewers like Surly and Fulton.

There have been rumors for months about other restaurants moving into the Eagles Club. The owners of a Carbone's restaurant in Rosemount had talked with the club, but that deal fell through. Eagles trustee Bob Hentig said the Carbone's owners "changed their mind, or something."

Barth, who lived in Farmington for a time when he first moved to the Twin Cities and still has friends here, said he heard the club was looking for a partner and investigated.

Barth will lease the building. The Eagles will continue to run pull tabs and Bingo. Barth will continue to offer the building's banquet facilities for weddings and other gatherings.

"I'm hoping all that stuff will continue. There's a lot of good stuff with the Eagles," Barth said. "We're just hoping to increase the dinners."

Hentig said the Eagles needed to find a partner because the business side of the club's operation was struggling. Something had to change, he said, to ensure the club building, located at 200 Third Street, would remain available.

Hentig said the club will still run its general membership from the building and he hopes the change will generate more interest in the Eagles as an organization.

"(We'll) start having a little more fun around there," he said. "The biggest thing is we're going to still be able to help the community out with our donations."

Barth plans to close the Eagles the afternoon of April 29 to start painting and installing TVs. He hopes to get the work done in three days and reopen May 1.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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