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New Gastropub Open on the Eastside

Brunson’s Pub brings back the beauty of $1 popcorn.

Heralding the return of the neighborhood bar.
Photo courtesy of Brunson’s Pub

There’s another new eatery on Payne Avenue, adding to the burgeoning food neighborhood in St. Paul’s Eastside. Brunson’s Pub is now open at 956 Payne Avenue. Owned by Thomas and Molly LaFleche, the eatery is a revival of the former Schweitz Saloon as a neighborhood spot for a bite, a drink and a bit of conversation. Thomas has experience in the neighborhood pub business after working as the bar manager at Shamrock’s on West 7th for 10 years.

As any good St. Paul pub has, Brunson’s has roots in the city, named for the original land surveyor whose old brick house is just blocks away and carries the distinction of being the oldest standing brick house in the city.

Brunson’s burgers.
Photo courtesy Brunson’s Pub.

The menu is overseen by Torrance Beavers and is stacked with wings, fries, burgers and more. There’s even house popcorn for a buck. Meanwhile, the bar list includes some awesomely named cocktails all for $8. The Moscow Mule named “Tap That A#S” is especially appealing.

Brunson’s Pub opens at 11:00 a.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. on the weekends.

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