Wolf's Den in Ostrander opens new addition
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 5:59 AM
The Den just got larger in Ostrander.
Wolf’s Den owner Royal Dempewolf recently opened his new dining room addition to the business in Ostrander. The bar area was also remodeled. Both men’s and women’s handicapped accessible restrooms were also built with the addition.
Wolf's Den owners Royal and Lynne Dempewolf re-opened their bar and restaurant on Sept. 27, after being closed for four days, to reveal their newly-remodeled bar area and brand new dining room addition.
The project has been a "work in progress" for five years, Royal noted. The couple have owned the bar since 2004. The old building formerly located in the spot of the new addition was removed in 2007. Concrete for the new foundation was poured in the summer of 2011. They started building the addition during January 2012, thanks to the mild winter, and the outside of the addition was completed in February.
The main contractors for the project, noted Royal, were Greg Stender, who did plumbing and heating work, and Brent Hagen, who did the construction.
Along with the remodeled bar area and dining room addition, there are now 65 more seats for customers. Royal said the main motivating factor for the change was to have more seating.
"We haven't had enough seating since 2007," he said.
The dining area now boasts booths on both sides with tables in the center. There is also a 20 by 10 ft. dance space where DJs will set up for musical entertainment - which provides a quieter location with more dancing space, Royal added.
Also new in the addition are men's and women's handicapped accessible bathrooms. The old bathrooms in the bar area were torn out and in their place are three booths for additional seating. New carpet was installed in both the dining and bar areas.
Royal pointed out another plus of the addition is the new double-door entryway that will help save on utility bills. Upon entering the outside door visitors find themselves in an entryway where they can either go left through a door to the bar area or right through a door to the dining area.
"The entryway was a must," he noted, "it saves on both heating and cooling costs."
Royal said his customers have also been enjoying the newly-created smoking area off the rear of the building outside that provides smokers with protection from the elements.
The one thing that didn't change in the establishment is the wolf theme. The new dining room is decorated with wolf-themed wallpaper border, wolf collectibles and photos.
In the bar area, one can now find high top tables and stools, along with new décor. The owners bought the tables, chairs and booths at online auctions, both in the addition and the bar area.
Royal said they went through numerous floor plans over the last year, designing the layout themselves.
Royal said what he likes most about the changes made is the larger space and a "cleaner look." In addition to the look, the staff has changed as well, with the hiring of additional members.
What has not changed, well at least for now, is the menu. Cooking at the establishment, besides Royal, are Mark Mills and Jeff Gaulrapp. The cooks will still be serving pizzas, all-you-care-to-eat steak, and the specials on certain nights will still be held with fish fry Fridays, taco Thursdays, and buck burger Wednesdays. Royal said he hopes to expand on the menu in the future.
As for the reaction from customers about the changes, Royal said, "Everyone who comes in loves it."
"We've had a lot of compliments on how nice it looks," he concluded.