By Kristen Miller
DARWIN, MN Jack’s Tavern in Darwin is buzzing once again, now with new owners who reopened the bar in October.
Jack Pollock of Darwin purchased Jack’s Tavern from Charlie Rasmussen, the brother of the late Jack Rasmussen, the former owner.
So not to lose the former bar’s character and charm through the remodeling process, Pollock chose to keep a few of the items including the back bar unit, the corner booth, and the signs outside.
Pollock added a few characteristics of his own with the help of his friends including the pine bar top, which he’s received many compliments on.
Jack’s Tavern isn’t the first bar this couple has owned. For nearly four years, Pollock and Whitcomb owned and managed the Highway Inn (now the Bonfire) along Highway 22 in Greenleaf.
Pollock heard the space was for sale and thought it would benefit the community and make use of the empty space.
The couple wanted to offer good food, good service, and a fun, clean atmosphere.
Now, customers are coming from the surrounding towns to check out the new Jack’s Tavern.
Thus far, Pollock hasn’t had a problem getting customers in the door. Word-of-mouth has traveled about the good food especially the ribs, Pollock said.
Besides the basic remodeling and making the bar handicapped accessible, Pollock added a kitchen in order to serve a better variety of food.
“For the small kitchen we have, we sell a lot of food out of here,” Pollock said.
With a bar that seats 55, Jack’s served 100 people throughout the night on New Year’s Eve, and 94 people for Valentine’s Day.
“That was really good,” Whitcomb said.
Jack’s Tavern employs 12, including another bar manager, Anna McLean from Dassel.
Jack’s Tavern offers set-ups, beer, and food with a variety of daily specials including a Friday ribs dinner and a Saturday prime rib dinner.
“Those are going over well,” Pollock said.
Other specials include prime rib sandwich with fries on Sunday, 25-cent wings on Tuesday, large pizza with a bucket of beer on Wednesday, and burger and fries basket on Thursday.
Starting Friday, Feb. 27, Jack’s will host a fish fry through Lent.
Other activities include Texas Hold’em starting at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and a dart league.
With business going “so far, so good,” Pollock is expecting the summer to go just as well, if not better, with the lake homes in the area.
“I’m hoping, anyway,” Pollock said.
Jack’s Tavern is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday’s 11 a.m. to midnight. Food is served from ll am to 10 p.m., and takeout is available by calling (320) 693-9161.