Now Open: Eddy's Bar and Grill

Father-son tandem works hard to open new bar/restaurant on Concord Boulevard.

There's a new bar and restaurant in Inver Grove Heights. Eddy's Bar and Grill, located at 7537 Concord Boulevard, opened July 11.

The restaurant, owned by the father/son duo of Ed Carlson Sr., and Ed Carlson Jr., features a wide variety of appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches and happy hour drink specials seven days a week.

Ed Carlson, who previously owned a bar/restaurant 10 years ago in Mayer, is excited to be back running a bar/restaurant. He makes it clear though: His place is in the kitchen and his son and other staff will run the bar portion of the restaurant. Ed Jr. also owns Lucky's Pizza on Randolph Avenue in St. Paul. The Carlsons are originally from Eagan.

"I liked cooking, I drove by this location and said 'this place could use a bar and grill,'" said Ed Sr. "My son wanted a bar, I wanted a restaurant, it was a perfect fit."

Ed Jr. agreed.

“Inver Grove Heights is a growing community, but it still has that small town feel,” he said. “We want people to feel at home here whether they are coming in to eat with their family or with their buddies for a drink. Let us know what you want we want to make it a place you feel at home.”

Eddy’s is keeping it local too. They buy all the meat on their menu from Hometown Meats of Inver Grove Heights.

The location was previously home to two different Mexican restaurants. With construction complete on Concord Boulevard, all main entry points past Eddy's are now open. They spent over a year remodeling the entire inside of the building and in the future plan to add pool tables, dart boards and a stage to the basement, making Eddy's two floors.

"We want to make it a neighborhood bar," said bartender Jason Hearn. "We want people to come in and sit down and have a good time and if there is something you want, just tell us, we want it to be a place people want to be.”

Ken Coy July 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM
My wife and I plan to stop in tonight to check it out.
Tim Krey July 20, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Natureview Landscaping Crew stop in on a rain day for lunch food was great and plenty of it. The crew loved it.
Ken Coy July 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Went to Eddy's last night and I will be going back. These guys are doing it right. It's a small menu so they aren't trying to be all things to all people. If the quality of the food is consistently as good as what we had last night, the Carlson's are going to have to expand, because the limited seating isn't going to be able to handle all the people that will be coming in.
Al Tate July 21, 2011 at 01:37 PM
So far I've had the french dip and it was the best in the city! The pit bull is awesome if you like kraut. The bison burger is fantastic. The homemade fries are a great addition. The best part about Eddy's is the beer is real cold. Not like at the Biertsube where you get lukewarm beer with servers who act like it's a chore to serve you. This place is small but has potential. I will be going back.
Laura McFarland July 27, 2011 at 07:06 AM
We appreciate everyone's kind words and feedback on what you have so far enjoyed about Eddy's Bar & Grill!! It's our goal and vision to have a fun place to hang out with your family and friends! We will keep you posted on our "official Grand opening" As soon as our basement is finished! We will have a full bar, pool tables, dart boards, band performances and more!!!! Laura ( Waitress)
M August 10, 2011 at 03:18 PM
We went to Eddy's last week and had great food. The French Dip was awesome, real beef and really tender. We also ordered the Hot Dago and it had great flavor without being too spicy. Homemade fries are good. The restaurant does have a bit of a "cafe" feel to it however. Some blinds on the windows and high top bar tables (too many booths) might help. We're planning to go back to try the burgers this week.
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Ed Carlson August 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM
This is Edward W Carlson, the old man I am no longer part of Eddys bar and grill after running the place for just 16 days I realized my son and I have different ideas of what kind of place we wanted to run so I walked away, good luck Eddy. I am glad I got to know all the people in the area I will miss seeing you all.
DAVE YOUNG November 06, 2011 at 02:46 PM
I just got my box of new 2012 Metro dinning club cards and noticed Eddy's Bar & Grill in IGH has a card for a free monthly buy-1-get-1 lunch or dinner and I never heard of the place !!! So I looked it up on internet search on GOOGLE and saw and read this interesting story about the place. I go up the street to Jersey's & Lastrack Cafe all the time but never drive down that part of Concord to notice the place LOL !!! It looks & sounds like a nice place per everyone's reviews about the food. Heard to find a good Bison/Buffalo burger in this area how are they ??? One question does anyone know if Eddy's Bar have PULL-TABS like all the other bar's in I.G.H??? If so i'll bring about 6 or 7 of us down there after work for a few pitcher's of beer !!!!! Please post comments Thanks !!!
Trip Thruhell December 12, 2011 at 06:50 AM
The french dip sandwich and the real french fries (like you get at the state fair) were great!
ann December 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM
I miss the cooking from Rory. There's just something about the way he cooks the food to be out of this world --- need I say even the presentation of the food when it comes to the table just makes my mouth water. Why isn't he there anymore? It seems like his time there was short. I would come regularly as opposed to your competition's just to eat his food! PLEASE BRING HIM BACK!!
Lor January 01, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Tried Eddy's. Here was our experience. Hubby tried to order fruit punch from the menu. Waitress said they didn't have it, didn't know why it was on the menu. He ordered lemonade instead, which it took him 20 minutes to get. When he got it, it tasted funky, metallic-like. We ordered food.. a French dip (per the comments here) and a classic salad. The French dip came first. The bread was doughy and underbaked. The meat was gamey-like. The au jus was salty and funky tasting. The french fries were tasty, but the ketchup on the table was not fresh. Others at my table ordered the Sicilian and a burger. I still hadn't gotten my salad. Burger and Sicilian came in 20 minutes. My friend points out that my salad still wasn't there. Burger review from friend was "It's ok, hard to screw up a burger" and Sicilian friend was confused because waitress said it came with fries, but it didn't arrive with fries. Finally my salad arrived. What a joke. It was maybe 1 1/2 c. lettuce, a healthy number of croutons, and some cheddar cheese slices. No meat, no eggs, no nothing. The French dressing was good, and the salad was fine, but for a "classic salad" that was priced over $6, it maybe cost them all of .99 to throw together. Waitress let our cups run dry all night. I will say she noticed hubby's sandwich not being eaten and comped our bill. Worst food ever served with worst service ever experienced. If not for alcohol, they'd go belly up.
Jim Edward January 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I had the same experience as Lor. My Wife and I stopped in this summer to try the place out. My Grande Burritto, which took 45 minutes to arrive at our table, would have been palatable had the waitress brought the tobasco sauce, which I asked for twice, to our table. People came in 35 minutes after we did and enjoyed their hot dagos and were finished before our food even arrived. The waitress not only had the dining room to take care of but she was also the bar tender as well. We left more than a little disappointed and figured maybe we had just stopped on a night when some one didn't show up for work. and we would try it again some other night. We did try again a month later. After sitting at the only open table for 5 minutes that was still covered with dirty dishes the waitress finally came and cleared the table and said she would be back shortly to take our order. 5 minutes later she came back and did so The bar was packed and the accoustics in the bldg. aren't the greatest. We had to yell back and forth with the waitress to get our orders straight. When she laft our table she stopped to clean another table off then proceeded to refresh the drinks at another table. We finally just walked up to her and told her to cancel our order and left. 2 bad experiences and we won't be wasting our time stopping there any more. As previously stated, with out alcohol the place would go belly up.
Al Tate January 03, 2012 at 08:42 PM
This place appears to be sinking fast. It's unfortunate but there was too many family members thinking they were in control. Old Man Eddy made some great food. Since I've been there the fries are soggy and the food is bland. The one guy bartender is real good, everyone else they should let go and start over! Or this place will fail!
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Ken Coy February 23, 2012 at 07:08 PM
It seems like little Eddy is more concerned with having a bar where he can hang with his buddies than actually running a business. Since big Eddy left, the food is practically inedible. I had really hoped for a nice place to grab a bite of good food within walking distance. I hope the place that replaces Eddy's will fit that bill.
Jim Edward February 23, 2012 at 08:54 PM
For some reason the location of Eddys never did allow anyone who has owned it to make a go of it. That place was originally built by Louie Tinnuci, of Tinnucis fame in New Port. At that time he ran Dukes Cafe, now Jerseys, on Concord street down in the old village with his Father. He could never really make a go of it and it wasn't long before he put the place up for sale and bought a little 20 by 20 foot drive in by the Red Rock in Newport and started over. As we all know, that place was a success, but the Inver House, as Eddy's used to be called just didn't go over. It has been owned by at least a dozen different people since it was built. In fact our present Mayor George Tourville owned it at one time. Asian food didn't go over, Mexican food didn't go over, and it was even used as a shop by Royal Star Auctions when they used to occupy the old roller rink before it burned down. I feel sorry for anyone that tries to make a go of it there. the only guy that made any money on it was Milo Berg, who sold it a couple of times on a contract for deed, with a hefty sum down, and then ended up getting it back again. Young Eddy is grasping for air and trying to find some way to keep the place afloat and get some of his money back. I wish him luck in that respect but I don't feel sorry enough for him to ever attempt to eat there again.
Ed Carlson February 23, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Eddys bar would work if Eddy was willing to work but he is to lazy, he does no know whats going on in his own bar
Ken Coy February 24, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Thanks for the history lesson, Jim! I love getting the background story on this town!!
DAVE YOUNG February 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Since my 1st comment on here back last fall in Nov. I've now been to Eddie's Bar on about 4 different occcasions all on Friday nights after work at about 7:30pm or so. Every time it has been really busy & noisy in there but alway's to have recieved prompt and courteus service in a timely fashion. Most of the food is pretty good but nothing special to write home about just typical bar food. However the French dip and Philly Cheese are above average for most bars. They do sell a pitcher of beer for only $8.00 which is pretty darn cheap compaired to most bars in the area. Most all the customers seem to be just nice normal local nieghborhood people and I've never felt uncomfortable in there. I wouldn't know Eddie or his Dad if they walked up to me so all of those comments mean nothing to me I just wish who ever owns it or runs it the best of luck keeping the lights on because it isn't a bad place to go and have a few beers & a burger after work but the way everyone is talking about it on here they will be lucky to be open much longer why I don't know because it's been more then acceptable the times i've been there and don't understand why everyone is "whinning" so much ???
Eddy February 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Hi to everyone whom has commented this is eddy j.r. I am not lazy in any area of life. I work hard this business was supposed to be me and my father hense the name eddys meaning 2 eddys but it didn't work that way I have and am struggling to make an honest go of it I have eliminated most staff and have been revamping the service and buisiness I'm a single father because of this place and have been disowned by my immediate family because of it it's all I have left and I am there cooking every Wed Thursday and Friday evening and am training one cook at a time so I can promise the best food on concord and also am bartending everyother Saturday also coming in every day to assure cleanliness and upkeep so during the last year if you've had bad service or food stop in and ask for me and I promise to do my best to win your business and friendship .. thank you to the ones who are standing by me and sorry for the bad food cooked by inexperienced people not properly trained I have fixed it please come in and give me another shot .. sincerely Eddy
anthony March 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM
If you really want your food to stand out more than any other place. Get ahold of one of the best chefs I ever encountered! He is simply amazing anything he cooks is high quality. To bad the economy put him out of business, but if you really want to have the best food around hit him up on Facebook I see all the great pics he posts and read all the great comments that he gets. I believe that he is in the market for a new restaurant you should really get some advice from this master.


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