Neighborhood bar, restaurant coming to southeast Sioux Falls pushes opening date to July

RoundHouse BrewPub near 69th Street and Cliff Avenue is planned to open in July.

Southeastern Sioux Falls will be welcoming a new bar and restaurant to the neighborhood this summer.

RoundHouse BrewPub was issued a building permit April 12 to renovate an office building on the corner of 69th Street and Cliff Avenue, sharing a building with Moda Stone and The Sauna Haus. The building permit valuation is $415,000.

The area is ripe for growth and development, and a neighborhood bar is just what the area needs, said Chris Sperle, one of several partners in the restaurant.

“We’re trying to be that neighborly pub,” Sperle said. “It’s something close and convenient for that part of town. There’s not a lot over there right now.”

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It will also be a destination for lunch gatherings, sporting events or post-event hangouts. There will also be several TVs at the restaurant to broadcast sports.

The restaurant will be 2,500 square feet and will seat about 70 people. There will also be a patio for outdoor seating.The restaurant originally planned to open in June, but because of pandemic-related delays to renovate the building, the restaurant will likely open in July.

Jason Walsh, co-owner and the driving force behind the RoundHouse BrewPub, had been talking to Sperle about starting their own restaurant and bar for years, Sperle said.

About a year ago, Walsh decided to make his dream a reality, and he recruited Sperle and a handful of other investors to make it happen.

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Walsh is also a co-owner of the RoundHouse Brewery in Nisswa, Minnesota. The brewery was started on the site of an old roundhouse for fixing trains, which is where the name comes from.

While the two establishments won’t be directly connected, Sperle said they’ll have several RoundHouse brews on tap.

Sperle said the restaurant is needed because there aren’t many restaurants or bars on the southeastern side of town. Instead of driving halfway across town for the same type of food and service, neighbors can stop in a for a pint and a burger right down the block.

“There’s a level of comfort knowing that this will be a gathering spot for people who live in the area,” Sperle said. “I liked the concept of having that place that’s not a great big establishment, but just having something where you know the server, you know the bartender, you know the people there, and they’re all going to know you.”

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The menu will focus on salads, wraps, burgers and pizzas. They’ll also have a kids menu, since Sperle said it’s intended to be a family-friendly destination.

“We want kids to come in with their parents and the whole family have a good time,” Sperle said. “The parents can relax, and they can all take time off to enjoy supper together.”

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