Keg & Cork pub in Casper to go big outdoors

2012-12-30T09:30:00Z Keg & Cork pub in Casper to go big outdoorsBy JEREMY FUGLEBERG Star-Tribune business editor Casper Star-Tribune Online

The owners of a new Irish pub on Casper’s east side have a big-sky goal — make the pub’s outdoor seating the place to be.

Van Galloway and sons Matt and Mark started plans for the new pub in late 2011, after the trio’s success with Galloway’s Irish Pub and Eatery, the pub attached to El-Marko Lanes on CY Avenue in west Casper.

Their new pub is now under construction at the corner of East Second Street and Blackmore Road just east of Kohl’s and is due to open in early February.

But while the winter winds blew around the big pub, its real magic will take place outdoors, said Matt Galloway.

The pub will seat 250, but its outdoor area will seat 150, including on a covered patio and a lower level uncovered patio that will include a semi-circular area for bands to play.

“We built an extravagant outdoor area, not anything that Casper has seen before,” Galloway said.

The patio will sit within a courtyard area with walls around it, and include a waterfall, trees and plants.

“So it’ll kind of be an oasis away from everything,” he said. “When you’re on our patio it’ll feel like you’re somewhere else.”

Galloway said he, his brother and his father thought the 6,800- to 7,000-square-foot pub would be welcome among the growing numbers of restaurants in the area, particularly with the growth of new houses and apartment buildings in the area.

“We just knew the east side had an abundance of restaurants but nothing was a pub,” he said.

The Keg & Cork will be a pub first, not a restaurant for families. It’s for 21-year-olds and older, but the Galloways are aiming for a 30-and-older crowd.

“This is truly a place where you can go out and have a good evening and not worry about children and such,” he said.

The inside of the restaurant will feature a bi-level setup, with the higher level hosting games such as pool and shuffleboard and the bottom level reserved for the pub. It’ll include 10 large-screen TVs, Galloway said.

The bar will include 28 beers on tap and a wine fridge behind the bar with 30 different selections. The pub will include a glass serving area where outside drinkers can pop over and order something from the bar.

Galloway said the pub will serve some menu items from Galloway’s including items such as burgers, sandwiches and Irish food, and some surprises still to be unveiled.

“We’re kind of keeping most of it under wraps just because we’re paranoid like that,” he said, with a laugh.

The Galloways will hire a staff of 30 for the restaurant, he said. Those interested in applying at the new restaurant should call Galloway’s and El-Marko at 307-237-9558.

Reach Jeremy Fugleberg at 307-266-0623 or jeremy.fugleberg@trib.com. Read his blog at http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/boom/ and follow him on Twitter: @jerenergy.

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  1. trimmer595
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    trimmer595 - March 30, 2013 3:40 am
    I wouldn't mind the place if they had good service. But for all you hard working people, don't spend your money there. You will just get bad service and mind games when you question them on it!
  2. trimmer595
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    trimmer595 - March 30, 2013 3:36 am
    The outdoor seating is great! But the service and management leave something to be desired. If you want to be laughed at as a customer then, yes, come here. If you want to be ignored then, yes come here. If you want the management to play head games, when all you want is your tab so you can leave this awful place, then yes, come here The keg and cork is not a place you want to go to if you want to have a good time, go to the Moonlight, or some other place if you don't want the B.S. of dealing with shitty wait staff!!!!!!!!!!!

    I do not recommend the "Keg and Cork" Or "Galloway's Irish Pub and Grill" AKA "Elmarko's"!!!!!!!! If you like good service and an exciting environment!
  3. nls
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    nls - January 02, 2013 12:41 pm
    I sure hope their food is better at this place than the one on CY it has terrible food.
  4. nls
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    nls - January 02, 2013 12:41 pm
    grow up get a life. People like you are so ignorant Stay away if you don't like it Every down has places that sell booze just cause you don't like.
  5. Synergizerer
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    Synergizerer - January 02, 2013 5:22 am
    You would cry if you were hung with a new rope wouldn't you? I mean really, its a new business coming to the area and you have to punch holes in it. So what if they serve booze? I'm sure that's better than serving up food poisoning like the dive golden corral.
  6. Casper_Why
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    Casper_Why - January 01, 2013 6:16 am
    I think it is about time something like this happens in Casper. It sounds like a wonderful idea and such places as what is described has been successful all across the country. I plan on being a customer. Hopefully sooner or later someone will open up such a place in the downtown area. I remember a couple of years ago the city trying to get business interested in doing more outdoor entertainment establishments. It was a good idea then and it is a good idea today. Thank you Galloways.
  7. brianvmax
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    brianvmax - December 31, 2012 10:37 am
    You have to be one of the most negative people on here, do you find joy or a bright side in anything
    anywhere?
  8. urahog
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    urahog - December 30, 2012 3:34 pm
    Just what Casper and surrounding areas need.....another place for their alcoholics to get smashed......oh, well, another garbage moment for Casper.....

    Happy New Year.
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