Cowboy Jack’s adds to Uptown patio scene

The new Cowboy Jack’s under construction at 2919 Hennepin Ave. will feature two outdoor deck areas, enough to fit 186 more patrons on an Uptown patio.

The new owners are longtime owners of Cabooze, as well as Cowboy Jack’s downtown and the former Cowboy Slim’s at Lake & Girard.

A city committee approved the business’s liquor license in early May.

The committee heard concerns from nearby apartment owner David George, who owns brownstones west of the Walker Library on Holmes Avenue.

“I’m concerned obviously about the noise,” he said. “On a hot summer month at 1 in the morning, I really would hope my tenants would not have to keep the windows and doors closed so they could get some sleep.”

In response, owner Anne Loff said they have enlisted the help of a sound management firm. She noted that Cowboy Slim’s was part of the original “Hush” campaign, using coasters and signs to urge customers to be quiet after exiting pubs. She said Lagoon & Hennepin is a hub for noise, however.

“Everybody there, that’s why they’re down there, to have fun, to be outside. Our season is short,” she said.

City staff said the only outdoor music allowed are speakers set at an ambient sound level. The speakers would face inward, staff said, and city officials would help determine the appropriate sound level after the opening.

Cowboy Jack’s will generally be open 11 a.m.-2 a.m., with food service until midnight and a limited menu until 2 a.m.