A rare thing in the dining world: pub/restaurant closes for renovations, say they will re-open in a specific time frame , actually succeeds at opening. 

To be exact, that would be Santa Rosa’s Stout Brothers Irish Pub and Restaurant and they are back open for business.

“New menu! New cocktails! New vibe!” is what the website declares.

The facelift included a deep cleaning and lots of new stuff: a backlit bar with a new cocktail menu, barstools and seating in the dining area, lighting (the old chandeliers were replaced with steampunk-ish light fixtures), flooring, and art.

Stout Brothers also updated their menu, with new appetizers, salads and entrees. While we haven’t seen the new menu in its completion, menu staples like fish and chips and burgers haven’t gone away.

The new cocktail menu was designed by the crew at the Starling Bar in Sonoma, meaning it is bound to be filled with seasonal craft cocktails that go above and beyond the usual set.

They also updated their operating hours: they’re open daily from 3 PM to 12:30 AM, with the kitchen serving until 9:30 PM.

Stout Brothers Irish Pub & Restaurant, (707) 636-0240, 527 4th St., Santa Rosa, stoutbrospub.com.