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Boar's Nest provides out-of-town opportunity for fun

The exterior of the Boar's Nest.1 / 3
Press Photo by Katherine Grandstrand Bar manager Arnie Bustillos preps the bar at The Boar's Nest in rural Dickinson before opening on July 16. Bustillos has been managing The Boar's Nest since May, when he moved to North Dakota from Arizona, where he had 20-plus years' experience.2 / 3
The Boar's Nest in a bar and grill located eight miles north of Dickinson along Highway 22.3 / 3

RURAL DICKINSON -- Sometimes a beer and a burger taste a little better when you're in the country. Luckily for area city dwellers, a group of businessmen from Dickinson happened upon the old Joy Haven property and saw potential in some of the buildings 8 miles north of town.

The Boar's Nest bar opened in May and added a menu of traditional bar food and steak dinners about a month ago. That's when the people really started to come from Dickinson.

"We have 16 ounce rib-eye steak for $22, the meal is awesome," co-owner Scott Wax said.

The bar has a very masculine feel, built in an old barn with brick and auto shop accents -- and lots of chrome. A hideaway fitting of the "Dukes of Hazard" for which the bar is named.

"We want The Boar's Nest to be a fun place for people to come enjoy themselves and give them something different to do in the town of Dickinson," co-owner Dave Bren said.

The owners, Blake Haakenson, Bren and Wax, went to purchase limos last autumn from what used to be Joy Haven, and really liked what they saw. They closed on May 12th, brought in Manager Arnie Bustillos, who has 20-plus years' experience working in and running bars in Arizona, three days later. The Boar's Nest opened May 29 as a bar.

The property is next to the Target Logistics Dunn County Lodge crew camp, residents of which are known to frequent the bar, and can walk back to their quarters safely.

"Are there challenges? Absolutely," Bren said. "It's getting people out here because of the drive and the scare of driving back to town."

For those coming from Dickinson, The Boar's Nest has worked out complimentary shuttle service using the Silver Bus, Bren said. For driver's wishing to bar hop, the Silver Bus will drive them around for a flat rate.

But if people do decide to drive, safety is a big priority for The Boar's Nest.

"If somebody's really drunk, I'm going to make sure they get home safely," Bustillos said.

And while the bar has a very masculine vibe, ladies are welcome and Bustillos wants to make sure they feel at home when visiting The Boar's Nest.

"When girls come in from town, I want them to enjoy themselves and not be scared," Bustillos said. "Nothing's going to happen to them, and that's a big thing here in Dickinson. Girls don't like to go where they don't feel safe."

There are games, darts, pool, horse shoes and a dance floor for anyone looking for a little recreation with their cocktail. A gaming license is in the works to host games of chance.

Anyone wanting to enjoy their steak with a North Dakota sunset can sit outside on the patio.

In addition to having the bar and grill, they're revamping the space that Joy Haven used for wedding receptions as a venue for concerts, called 2Duece Events Center.

"We want them to come out and enjoy a nice rib eye at The Boar's Nest and then walk over to the 2Duece and start dancing and drinking and partying away," Bustillos said.

The Boar's Nest and 2Duece can be rented out for parties.

The Boar's Nest is located at 2709 Highway 22 in rural Dickinson. It's open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Families are welcome in the dining area. Call 701-483-2276 for more information.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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