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Celts reopens

Celts reopened Jan. 29. The south side of the business had to be remodeled after a fire destroyed most of the inside.

Celts Pub has reopened in Rosemount after a fire damaged the south side of the building in mid-September. With a cheery new Irish-themed interior, owner Brandon Barth said he hopes customers will come check it out.

The south side of the building has been remodeled from floor to ceiling. And while getting things back up and running has taken a lot of work Barth said he’s happy with how things look.

“I wanted it to look like you’re walking down the streets of Dublin,” he said

Brightly painted doors line the walls. Each door represents a different part of town, including a door to a police station and another to a fire house.

The fire door includes a hose and jacket donated to the restaurant by the Rosemount Fire Department. Barth said they wanted to honor the fire department for their patronage and their hard work the day of the fire.

The fire occurred Sept. 9. Barth said the restaurant’s motion sensor alarms went off so he rushed to the restaurant. When he arrived the place was full of smoke. The fire started in some electrical wires.

Nearly everything in the south side of the restaurant had to be replaced. Barth said they were able to salvage the bar and a mural painted by general manager Justin Lecher. Barth said both items have sentimental value and he's glad they survived.

The restaurant has had the north side open for some business throughout. The south side opened for dinner Jan. 29. Barth said people came in right away.

"We had a pretty good crowd come in," said Barth.

Celts’ menu features a mix of American and Irish classics including burgers, wraps, corned beef and cabbage and more. For sports fans, Celts has 11 televisions.

As a way to give back to the community, Celts offers Bingo on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Rosemount Football boosters.

Barth opened Celts in May 2001. He has since opened locations in Inver Grove Heights and Farmington as well.

A grand opening party will be held Feb. 8. For more details check out the Celts website at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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