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.