SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — After a long, brutal winter the warming temperatures in the forecast are a welcome sign that spring, and soon summer, are just around the corner.

That warmer weather translates to increased business for Carpenter Bar in downtown Sioux Falls as they set out their patio furniture for the summer.

“It does double our capacity, so, usually doubles our revenue generally,” managing partner Brian White said Monday. “I think it just adds to the appeal of the business a little bit when you can sit outside and breathe fresh air and enjoy yourself in the sun while having a drink.”

Sioux Falls has a plethora of patios for the warmer months of the year, mostly concentrated in the downtown area. That includes Highball, which shares an owner with Carpenter.

“I think downtown, in general in the summertime, it’s a good place where people can not necessarily have to commit to one stop for the night you know,” White continued. “I like to see people down moving around downtown and, you know us having three bars, whenever somebody asks where to go next I’ll say, ‘The Treasury and after Treasury, I’ll say Highball and it kind of just adds to the appeal of downtown when people can wander about and check out a bunch of different spots.”

The last few weekends haven’t been ideal for patio sitting, but White hopes a favorable forecast will bring people out to enjoy outdoor dining spaces, whether at Carpenter or elsewhere.

“Certainly a great investment and Carpenter Bar is a pretty small space so it is nice that we can double the occupancy with the patio open and that also applies at Highball,” White said.


  • Agua Fresh
  • Bin 201
  • Blarney Stone Pub
  • Bread & Circus
  • The Breaks
  • Carpenter Bar
  • Chef Lance’s
  • CH Patisserie
  • Club David
  • Crawford’s
  • CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar
  • DaDa Gastropub
  • Falls Landing Restaurant
  • Fernson Downtown
  • The Hello Hi
  • Highball
  • Glacial Lakes Distillery
  • Josiah’s Coffeehouse & Cafe
  • Lucky’s
  • MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub
  • Mama’s Ladas
  • M.B. Haskett
  • Minervas
  • Monk’s Ale House
  • Ode to Food and Drinks
  • Parker’s Bistro
  • Papa Woody’s
  • Parlour Ice Cream
  • PAve
  • Remedy Brewing Company
  • R Wine Bar & Kitchen
  • Swamp Daddy’s
  • Tommy Jack’s Pub
  • Wileys


  • All Day Cafe
  • Backyard BBQ
  • B&G Milkyway at 12th & Kiwanis Ave.
  • Crisp & Green
  • Granite City Food & Bakery
  • JL Beers
  • ROAM Kitchen + Bar
  • Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
  • The 18th Amendment
  • Vinyl Taco


  • Blue Rock Bar & Grill
  • Crooked Pint Ale House
  • Northstar Grill & Pub
  • Rev It Up Grille


  • Boozy Bakery at JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars
  • B&G Milkyway at 69th & Louise
  • Daily Clean Food and Drink
  • kRav’N
  • Let it Fly
  • Look’s Marketplace
  • McNally’s Irish Pub
  • Roundhouse Brew Pub
  • Tavern 180
  • Tinner’s | Public House
  • 22TEN Kitchen Cocktails


  • The Attic East Bar & Grill
  • The Barrel House
  • B&G Milkyway: Harmodon Park & Sycamore Avenue locations
  • Cherry Creek Grill
  • Obscure Brewing Co.
  • Overtime Sports Grill


  • B&G Milkyway on 41st Street
  • The Lie’brary
  • The Sandbar & Grill
  • Shenanigans Sports Bar & Grill
  • Thirsty Duck

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