Photo taken by reader Greg (thanks Greg!)
Nearly two weeks ago, reader Greg informed me that the Farmington American Legion restaurant/bar space was being replaced by Tailgaters Sports Bar and Grill (FB link).
I checked out the Facebook page and aside from photos and explanations of specials including “power hour” for $1 beers and rail drinks (I wasn’t aware Farmington was a college town) there was very little detail about the restaurant provided. However, one tidbit did stick out in my mind: they note it’s “Good For Kids”.
Last night while still recovering from one of the worst summer colds I have ever had (in fact, I don’t ever remember having one before) and not being in the mood to spend 40 minutes cooking spareribs after coming home from work after 7 PM, I decided we should go out to eat. We spent the 15 minutes driving over to Tailgaters in Farmington to find a packed parking lot. We unloaded the kids and walked through the smokers’ wall of second-hand (BTW Tailgaters, move your ashtray to the 25 foot limit and at least try and enforce the law so you can actually be family friendly) into the bar.
The restaurant itself is separated from the bar and we met a sign that said “Section Closed” yet was filled with a ton of people, mostly kids. It appeared there was a private event going on; probably hunting safety classes for children. Not interested in sitting in the bar with my two month old and my two and a half year old to eat bar food, we turned right back around and headed out the door to eat at Valley Tap House instead.
We’ll try again sometime in the future, however, with a Facebook page that’s regularly updated you would think that if they were closing their dining room for the evening they would post something like that there instead of the steady stream of photos of a building which really hasn’t changed all that much over the years, even after the fire.
Have you ever eaten at Tailgaters in Farmington? If so, what did you think? Do you agree that smokers not being encouraged to smoke away from the front doors of an establishment, as required by law, is a poor business decision? What about the lack of updating their Facebook page on something important like the dining room being closed but an endless stream of other updates instead? Do you plan on heading over there any time soon or are you figuring it’s going to be more of the same straight to the fryer from the Sysco truck? Whatever you have to say about this one, go ahead and comment on below!
10 N 8th St
Farmington, MN 55024
Mon: 10:00 am – 1:00 am
Tue – Thu: 6:00 am – 1:00 am
Fri – Sat: 6:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 6:00 am – 12:00 am