New ownership, new name: Hank’s Place opens up at B.A.R. location

Tara Jung Carter, John P. Kathrein, and Randy Schwartz are the new owners of Hank’s Place, which officially started to operate under the new business name on June 11. Hank’s Place is formally The B.A.R., which the new business owners purchased from Steve Lafromboise in June, after Lafromboise moved back to Bismarck to be closer to his family.

A new sign indicates the new name, Hank’s Place. Tara Jung Carter, John P. Kathrein, and Randy Schwartz purchased the business, formerly the B.A.R. from Steve Lafromboise. [PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald]
A new sign indicates the new name, Hank’s Place. Tara Jung Carter, John P. Kathrein, and Randy Schwartz purchased the business, formerly the B.A.R. from Steve Lafromboise. [PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald]
By RACHEL BOCK | The Herald

Tara Jung Carter, John P. Kathrein, and Randy Schwartz are the new owners of Hank’s Place, which officially started to operate under the new business name on June 11. Hank’s Place is formally The B.A.R., which the new business owners purchased from Steve Lafromboise in June, after Lafromboise moved back to Bismarck to be closer to his family.

“We always talked about doing it, and we just did it,” Carter said, about purchasing the bar.

Steve Lafromboise, with the help of John P. Kathrein and others remodeled a portion of the Lumber Yard building and opened The B.A.R. over a year ago.

The main bar and side bar were designed and built by New England resident Gary Burkhardsmeier. The new owners re named the bar Hank’s Place, after Hank Kovar and Henry Dahmus who ran the Lumber Yard for many years in New England.

Hank’s Place Manager Tara Jung Carter has worked at the bar from the very beginning when it opened as The B.A.R., and explains that everything is still the same but the new owners do have some new ideas for the future.

Hank’s Place will holding a fundraiser selling laboratory beakers with some of the proceeds being donated to the New England Tiger Booster Club. The beakers will say Forever Jung on them to honor long time New England Public School Science Teachers Daryl and Gary Jung.

A nearly completed deck has been added to the back of the building for customers to enjoy the nice summer nights, with soon-to-be-added Cornhole boards and other games for customers to play.

Hank’s Place is open Monday through Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., with a Happy Hour Mondays through Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

All three owners can be seen at Hank’s Place with Joe Johnson and Eleanor Kilwein tending bar.

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