Unique burgers, paninis, Cajun favorites and comfort food are just some of the items on the menu of the new Wild Boar restaurant, set to open in the old Decoys space on Mainstreet later this month.
“We’ve added a little flavor of everything,” owner Richard Eckert said.
Council unanimously approved the restaurant’s liquor license Tuesday—paving the way for the owner’s hoped-for March opening.
The liquor license passed with few obstacles. Assistant City Manager Jim Genellie noted the one of the two other restaurants Eckert owns in Buffalo and Brooklyn Park has an above average number of police calls.
But Hopkins police were satisfied that Eckert would work with them to keep order. Eckert described how he gives a $250 bonus when one of his employees passes a compliance check and fires those who fail a compliance check.
The Wild Boar will add 30 to 40 new employees—many of them part time. Eckert has already started interviewing for the positions.
Residents will notice that the property has had a makeover when they visit, and Eckert is already pondering the possibility of one day adding a roof deck—although that is a pricy expansion that is further down the road.
Wild Boar won’t just have food. It will have TVs for sporting events and live music on Fridays and Saturdays—mostly country rock and ’80s soft rock.
“We don’t do the head bangers and hard rock stuff,” he said.