A ‘fun place’: New sports bar is getting ready to open in Twin Falls | Business
TWIN FALLS — Who said games were just for kids?
Brandon Herman, co-owner of The Dugout, wanted to create a family sports hangout.
Unfortunately, his Centennial Square mall building on Blue Lakes Boulevard was too small. He decided to pivot, for now, and create a sports bar for 21+ with darts, shuffleboard, ringo, cornhole, skill machines, fantasy sports and more.
“Of course, when we think we have our foot in the door, we have to go back and open it again,” Herman said. “Now we’re just trying to rush to open up, we’ve got the tough stuff behind us and now we’re just trying to prepare.”
It hopes to be open on March 1.
Twin Falls Planning and Zoning approved its special-use liquor license on February 8. Plans submitted to the city call for the bar to be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
No cooked food will be served, only packaged goods like chips, pretzels and jerky.
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Herman looks forward to the summer when softball tournaments or concerts might become a reality. Cornhole tournaments held outdoors would allow under-21s to enjoy the space, he said.
“We want to give back to the community, they’ve been good to us, so we want to give back to them,” he said.
The Dugout is in the old Body Balance location and next to Boost Mobile. Herman and his father, Frank, who is the other co-owner, have a three-year lease.
Frank Herman owns Ketchum-based Eagle One Security. The company provides security for fairs, concerts, sporting events and more. On busy nights at The Dugout, there will be security checks for IDs, he said.
The interior of The Dugout is filled with sports memorabilia from local and national teams.
“We relate more to the sport than anyone, I think,” Herman said.
Many sports bars only have a TV and a pool table, Frank Herman said at the planning and zoning hearing. The Dugout will be different.
“Our vision for The Dugout is to have that wow factor as soon as you walk through the door,” he said.
Safe drinking is important to Frank and Brandon.
“I’m not a big fan of hard liquor,” Frank Herman said. “I deal all the time, being in the security department up there, with people who abuse and that’s not what we want to be.”
Before the pandemic, Frank Herman taught TIPS training, a program designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving. He said his staff will also receive training on how to keep everyone safe.
“We just want to be able to create a fun place,” he said.