Coon Rapids’ Cityside Bar and Grill to mark grand opening

A party to celebrate the grand opening of Cityside Bar and Grill, Coon Rapids, after it had been shut down for two months following a water pipes burst will take place this weekend.

Dan Cole
Dan Cole

The water main problem occurred Jan. 14, only six weeks after the restaurant had opened for business at 133 Coon Rapids Blvd., where Paddy Wagon’s Irish Sports Pub was formerly located.

It was two months before Cityside Bar and Grill re-opened March 14.

Kicking off the grand opening this afternoon (Friday, April 13) will be a 4 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce.

This evening there will be an outdoor bean bag tournament, weather permitting, with a $50 cash prize to the winner from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by the Maiden Dixie Band playing from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Grand opening activities tomorrow (Saturday, April 14) start with a bean bag tournament, weather permitting, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a $75 cash prize to the winner followed by a twisted trivia competition from 3 to 5 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to Aerosmith and Cheap Trick concerts.

In evening, comedian Dan Cole the Common Man will entertain from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Laughter in the Loft series followed by a performance from the band, Jonah and the Whales at 9 p.m.

There is no cover charge for the bands both this evening and tomorrow evening and there will also be prize giveaways and drawings both days.

The morning of Jan. 14 before the restaurant opened for the day, six water pipes burst in the loft area flooding the restaurant, including the kitchen area.

According to Susan Neumann, who owns Cityside Bar and Grill with her sons, Jonathan Lietzau and Benjamin Lietzau, the burst water pipes were part of a compressor/refrigeration unit in a storage room in the loft area.

Once the water from the burst pipes was pumped out and the restaurant and kitchen areas had dried out,  major renovation work was required to fix the damage, Neumann said.

The closure of the restaurant for two months so soon after it initially opened has resulted in a “tough start” for the business, she said.

“So many restaurants have been in and out of this location the past 10 years that it’s hard for the public to realize that another business might be successful,” Neumann said.

Besides the grand opening weekend activities, Cityside Bar and Grill is offering $6 lunches Monday though Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with 16 selections to choose from on the menu, according to Neumann.

Cityside’s menu features burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads plus entrees that include meat, fish and pastas as well as a Sunday brunch.

It also boasts signature sandwiches, called Cityside Signatures from Chicago, Ill.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Des Moines, Iowa; Washington, DC.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Minneapolis.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]