In the oil-rich area of western ND, the Williston Brewing Company (WBC) has opened in the El Rancho Hotel’s former dining, bar and banquet space. The airy 11,900 square foot building will give diners an eclectic experience as it combines some big city amenities with the charm of a small town. They are not brewing beer at this time but they to have 40 beers on tap.
A lot of planning and expertise has gone into the $5.2 million renovation. The individuals who make up the Williston Holding Company (WHC) have been in business together for over 20 years and they already have one restaurant chain, the Kona Grille. They also own and operate J Dub’s, Gramma Sharon’s and Doc Holliday’s Roadhouse in Williston. They expect the WBC will also become a national chain headquartered in Williston and plan to open restaurants in Dickinson, Minot, Bismarck, Fargo, Minneapolis and Denver.
The center of the expansive eatery will be the bar. It will feature an artistic counter made from a giant redwood tree split down the middle. They say this will be the largest bar in the state of North Dakota. Another section will be called the Tap Room as 40 kegs of beer will be visible and on tap. The Tap Room will also have the biggest TV in North Dakota and sliding doors for private dining, meetings and parties.
With ‘Brewing Company’ in their name, they are not brewing their own beer at this time. When asked on Facebook if they plan to do any brewing in house, their answer was, “Currently we license our beer from an outside brewery – but we look forward to doing our own brewing down the road!”
Williston Brewing Company
1623 2nd Ave W