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Behind efforts of Woodbury man, restaurant reopens in River Falls

For many a decade, Bo’s ‘N Mine bar and restaurant has been a big part of the action in downtown River Falls, Wis.

In January the landmark bar closed, but frequent patrons were assured in a post on Bo’s ‘N Mine’s Facebook page that the closure won’t last.

The bar reopened last week — under new ownership.

Ownership of Bo’s, 110 South Main St., is transferring to JAMA Investments. Andrew Schmitz, one of the members of that LLC, said Bo’s ‘N Mine will keep it’s name and patrons will see only minor changes.

“We’re excited to be in the River Falls community,” said Schmitz, a Woodbury resident. “It’s a solid city with great history, and I think it’s a great place to operate a bar/restaurant. And we’re pretty excited about the opportunity.”

Schmitz owns restaurants in New Richmond, La Crosse, Wis., Chaska, Minn., and Spring Lake Park, Minn.

Schmitz said JAMA Investments reopened Bo’s on Monday, Feb. 1, after some light changes were made.

Bo’s ‘N Mine was owned by Cedric Ellingson, of Hudson, and Don Fowell, of River Falls, for about the past eight years.

“Cedric and Don have instilled within their staff the importance of community involvement and as a result have helped shape River Falls into the great community it is today,” River Falls Chamber of Commerce CEO Chris Blasius said. “Bo’s ‘N Mine has been a strong supporter of the chamber and have contributed countless hours to ensure success in events that directly impact and support the greater downtown community.

“Being selected by their peers as the Small Business of the Year in 2015 clearly demonstrates the impact they have had on our community over the last eight years. I look forward to meeting the new owners and continue to wish Cedric and Don success in their new endeavors.”

In JAMA Investments’ application for a beer and liquor license, the LLC members were listed as Schmitz and Michael Whichello of Inver Grove Heights. Fowell was listed as JAMA Investments’ liquor license agent.

Attempts to reach former owners Ellingson and Fowell for this story were unsuccessful.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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