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New pub coming to Afton

A new restaurant in Afton is hoping to get back to the roots of the area.

Afton City Council approved a liquor license for the Lumberyard Pub during its Feb. 16 meeting following a public hearing.

“Thank you for coming to Afton,” Mayor Dick Bend said, “and welcome.”

The Lumberyard Pub received approval for both on- and off-sale liquor, as well as Sunday sales.

The Lumberyard Pub will be moving in the former Sail Away Cafe’ location at 3121 St. Croix Trail South. Sail Away Cafe’ closed earlier this month citing poor business.

John Vecere, who is one of three partners planning to open the restaurant, attended last week’s council meeting and explained some of the plans for the Lumberyard Pub.

The company, BJS Restaurants LLC, is made up of Vecere of Plymouth, William Mauer of Lake Elmo – brother of Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer and owner of Mauer Chevrolet – and Scott Dahl of Lakeville.

The initial concept plan, Vecere said, is to capitalize on the area’s history, Vecere said.

“The name is in honor of what the site originally was,” he said, “a lumberyard.”

The decor will feature food paneling and look very “lumberish,” Vecere said.

In terms of a menu, the Lumberyard Pub will feature a lot of comfort foods such as stews and sandwiches.

The tentative soft opening for the Lumberyard Pub will be April 15 with a grand opening in May, Vecere said.

“We think it’ll be a nice fit for Afton,” he said.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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