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COURT IS BACK IN SESSION: Historic Court’n House Reopens With New Owners

new partnership aims to honor and continue the bar and grill’s legacy

McKenna Scherer, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

SAME HOUSE, NEW OWNERS. Though new Court'N House owners, CNH LLC, are renovating some of the physical space and shifting some aspects of the sales system, they aim to build upon the legacy already built.
SAME HOUSE, NEW OWNERS. Though new Court'n House owners, CNH LLC, are renovating some of the physical space and shifting some aspects of the sales system, they aim to build upon the existing legacy.

A beloved and historic Eau Claire establishment, Court’n House Bar and Grill, officially reopened under new ownership on July 11. 

First opened nearly 20 years ago in 2003, the Girolamo family said goodbye to their family business at the end of June. The business is now owned by a group of local families, two of whom are also owners of Brackett Bar, as Court’n House (CNH) LLC.

Though the new owners have assured locals their foodie favorites will still be offered, they’re aiming to jazz up the space and shift aspects of how the biz runs, including a new addition of a credit card sales system. 

“We wanted to keep all the fantastic things like the food, history, and vibe so many customers love! Changing too much would be a mistake, so we’re just improving on what’s there,” Audrey Borcherding, one of the new owners. “We have a lot of ideas for the future but the painting, cleaning, new logos, more use of the second bar space, and upgrade of the point of sale systems were the main focus to start.”

Since Court’n House’s reopening on July 11, the bar and grill has been buzzing and bustlin’, so much that the owners briefly shut the doors over the weekend to continue credit card system maintenance and general updates. 

“Things are great,” Borcherding said of the Court’n House’s first week since reopening. “There are wins and challenges just like any business. It’s been really busy and we’re feeling the awesome support of this community.”

With a new logo, renovations, and decor happening on the inside – including new vintage photos of the city – plus additions to the existing menu, some changes may need some getting used to for regulars. However, the new owners said they appreciate the folks who care deeply about the historic biz.

CNH knew taking on Court’n House meant much more than running just any restaurant or bar. Even through the ownership transition, the Girolamo family too were “very gracious throughout the process of the sale,” they said.

In fact, Court’n House’s history is part of why CNH decided to come together, Borcherding said. “We took on CNH because of its rich history, cool neighborhood vibe, and long tradition of great food, drinks, and community connection. We plan to honor all this and carry it long into the future.”

Now that it is reopen at 113 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire, swing in from 11am-11pm to visit the local favorite.

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