The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 11, 2014

Bye, bye Boomtown

New owners turn 20-year-old sports bar into 'neighborhood' place called Bradley's


Depuydt, an MSU alum, started coming into Boomtown frequently just to take notes on the business. He asked himself how he could get customers into the door. Eventually, Depuydt and Pittelkow worked out a deal, and recently Depuydt's mother, Kathy Depuydt, bought Boomtown from Pittelkow. Brad and Kathy Depuydt are partners running the business.

The Depuydts decided to change the name of the very bar Brad Depuydt hung out at in college. They thought Boomtown had run its course, and it was time for some changes.

Instead of a sports bar theme, the Depuydts are moving toward a “neighborhood bar,” but still want to attract college students. That's why they are keeping the same events Boomtown offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays: trivia and karaoke. They also are bringing in live bands.

On the menu, there are only minor changes, including salads and a few more appetizers, including cheese curds and reuben balls. For the first time in years, the restaurant is also be open for lunch beginning at 11 a.m.

“It will be a different place, but I don’t want to change it too much,” said Brad Depuydt.

Mueller views the evolution of Boomtown through a business perspective as he watches next door

the changes being done to what he started 20 years ago.

“I think it was time, and (it was) a smart decision,” said Mueller. “Every era has an end.”

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