Opening of a Blackstar Brewery Pub in Whitefish Town Center

WHITEFISH (KPAX) – A new brewery has officially opened in downtown Whitefish at the former home of the Great Northern Brewery on Central Avenue.

Blackstar Restaurant has partnered with the Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company of Great Falls to breathe new life into the historic building.

“I think it’s such an iconic building that it really wanted to be a brewery and brewpub, so luckily we were able to realize that vision,” said Blackstar co-owner Scott Gerber.

A project that has been underway for over two years is nearing completion in downtown Whitefish.

“I think we’re going to be a real icon of the city and bring in all the retailers on this north end of Central Avenue,” said Blackstar co-owner Robert Isackson.

Isackson hopes to hire 35 full-time workers and said Blackstar helps facilitate housing options for those in need.

“I just think of being who we are and what we’re going to be able to deliver; we hope to attract employees. But it’s definitely a problem and so far we’ve been lucky to find good employees,” he said.

Blackstar has partnered with Jeremiah Johnson’s Brewery to bring the restaurant and brewery to downtown Whitefish. “Great location to really serve bigger whitefish and all locals and tourists,” Isackson said.

Isackson said the brewery will serve beer and wine and a variety of soft drinks with Jeremiah Johnson brewing all the beer in-house.

“A lot of them will be real specialty beers that they make just for our location here,” Isackson added.

Gerber said the brewery will be open seven days a week and have a fun menu of pub favourites.

“We do an amazing burger smash, we do a fried chicken sandwich, we do a falafel burger, we have vegan options, trying to hit everything we can to appeal to as many people as possible,” he said. added Gerber.

The brasserie has a bar and dining area on the first two floors and a rooftop patio which will open in the coming days.

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