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Hettinger approves liquor license for new restaurant opening in July

A liquor license application submitted by Kevin Pagel for his new restaurant and bar in Hettinger was approved at the Hettinger City Council meeting held at the Adams County Courthouse early Wednesday morning.

The restaurant and bar will be a smokehouse and wood pallet grill called Woodfire Grill, LLC. It will be located in what was formerly the Eagles Club.

Pagel did not disclose the amount he paid for the Eagles Club.

"We haven't finalized plans yet but we hope to have a regular menu with specials everyday," Pagel said.

He hopes to have the restaurant open by first part of July, adding they have some remodeling and updating work to do.

"We will still host wedding dances, meetings and special events at the new restaurant," Pagel said. "We might even do a little catering too."

"It wouldn't be a bad thing," said Councilman Curt Drolc, adding he hopes there's a lot of support from the


Drolc said there are a few restaurants in Hettinger already including New China Restaurant, C and N Café and Pastime Steakhouse.

"The trouble is many of them are not open in the evenings when people would want to go out and eat," Drolc said. "I wish this new place the best of luck in its endeavor."

In other business, councilmen decided to extend the program that allows people to walk in the Amory year round.

"The program has been a great success and is now on its second year," Drolc said. "Residents utilize and enjoy the program and after receiving a few requests to have it open this summer we decided, why not."

In the past, the Armory building has only been open in the winter mornings for walkers, said Councilwoman Suzie Reuther.

"But requests came in to have it open year round because elderly residents said it was safer for them and allowed them to walk on even ground," Reuther said. "It won't cost us much more to allow it to be open year round and we felt the need and benefits to the community made having it open year round worth while."