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New owners hope that soon it will be back to Bo’s

Bo’s ‘N Mine bar and restaurant, 110 South Main St., has closed, but is planned to reopen in early February, after a change in ownership.

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

Last week 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 should reopen in early February -- under new ownership.

Ownership of Bo’s, 110 S. Main St., is transitioning to JAMA Investments, LLC.

Andrew Schmitz, one of the members of that LLC, said Bo’s ‘N Mine will keep its name and patrons will see only minor changes.

“We’re excited to be in the River Falls community,” said Schmitz, from Woodbury, Minn. “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, Chaska, Minn., and Spring Lake Park, Minn.

Schmitz said JAMA Investments LLC is looking to reopen Bo’s on Monday, Feb. 1, after some light changes are made.

JAMA applied for a liquor license to the City Council. At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the council gave conditional approval for the license.

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,” said Chamber of Commerce CEO Chris Blasius. “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.”

Bo’s isn’t the only local establishment to announce its closure over Facebook.

Local bar/restaurant Ground Zero, 121 S Main St., posted the following announcement on its Facebook page on Jan. 5:

“Yes the rumors are true. Ground Zero is closing this will be our last week open Thurs., Fri., and Sat. Thursday and Friday drop on in and say goodbye and get $2 drinks and shots all night. Saturday night stop on down everything for $1 till its gone thanks for all your support.”

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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