223 Barrel House serving up new look

26 Sep 2017

Add another new business front to downtown Red Wing's tally — the Barrel House has opened its doors again under the hand of Kevin Braa.

Rebranded as 223 Barrel House, the bar looks and feels drastically different than its previous state.

"I have always wanted a place of my own. It just happened a little sooner than I expected," Braa said.

While Braa was close to moving away from Red Wing a year ago while he was working at the Minneapolis restaurant IceHouse, his son, Ezrah, and a lasting curiosity of the vacant Barrel House space kept him in town.

"This location was always in the back of my mind. After walking through it, I was hooked," he said.

Soft lighting, booth seating and a lounge back corner all accentuate a wooden bar running the length of the building. Two small television screens behind the bar play classic black and white movies. The music ranges from jazz and blues to classic hits.

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