Ice bar built at Harvest Grill for Snowflake Days

A fully-operational, lighted ice bar has been constructed at the Harvest Grill/Bunker Hills Clubhouse for the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days 50th anniversary celebration.

The ice bar opened on the patio outside the Harvest Grill – the patio entrance is by the fireplace – yesterday evening (Thursday, Jan. 23).

It will remain open, weather permitting, throughout the 2014 Snowflake Days, which ends Sunday, Feb. 16, according to Ted Schmolke, Coon Rapids Snowflake Association committee member, who spearheaded the project.

The idea came from Tim Anderson, golf director at Bunker Hills Golf Club, and as a cabinet maker, he decided to take on the project, Schmolke said.

The full-size ice bar is 12 feet long, 22 inches tall and 24 inches deep, he said.

It has been built of 23 ice blocks, each weighing 300 pounds, both clear and cloudy, Schmolke said.

“The clear ice blocks will be like those used at the St. Paul Winter Carnival,” he said.

Construction took place Wednesday with Joe Semler using a chain saw to cut the blocks, according to Schmolke.

The full-service ice bar will be lighted at night, Schmolke said.

When the ice bar is open on the patio, people will be able to order drinks at the bar; when the ice bar is not open, people can get their drinks inside the Harvest Grill, then go outside on the patio, if they wish, he said.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]