Opening soon: JL Beers

A craft beer and burger chain called JL Beers is opening its first Twin Cities location next to Keegan’s Pub on April 23.

JL Beers will have 40 different beers on tap, 30 available in bottles, and another 15 in cans. The food menu is a simple, fast-casual concept with cheap burgers, fries and chips. It’s a 21-plus venue, although owner Mike Wright noted that other JL Beers locations do lots of takeout orders for families.

The restaurant is located in the former home of the Minneapolis Fire Department Repair Shop at 24 University Ave. NE. It was built in 1910 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

This will be the eighth JL Beers location. Other locations have been concentrated in North Dakota, South Dakota and Moorhead since the first JL Beers opened in Fargo in 2009.