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New O’Clevy’s Drinks & Eats is ‘Bison Central’

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FARGO -- A well-known Fargo businessman is back in the hospitality business.

Mike Clevenger, known to many as Clevy, is operating the new O’Clevy’s Drinks & Eats after developing a business relationship with the owners of the Ramada by Wyndham, at 3333 13th Ave. S., in Fargo, where the bar is located.

Clevenger, the former owner of O’Kelly’s in Fargo, has 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and he said many of his friends and customers from those years have found him at O’Clevy’s, which opened recently in the Ramada.

“It feels so good to be back in the hospitality business. I sincerely missed my old customers and friends,” said Clevenger, adding the business will likely have a grand opening near the end of the month.

Clevenger described the bar, which features beer and spirits as well as a full menu, as “Bison Central,” with the North Dakota State University Bison a prominent facet of the business decor.

“You’re going to see a lot of Bison stuff on the walls,” he said.

Clevenger said the beer selections will include local and regional craft beers, and there will soon be a beer wall, where customers can serve up their own brews from taps poking out from a wall of the bar.

Outside, there’s a patio with two large-screen TVs that Clevenger said will soon be joined by a fire pit.

“In the early fall it’s going to be a lot of fun watching Bison football here,” he said.

Clevenger added that on a recent evening the patio was packed with patrons, “90 percent of them I knew from my previous venture.

“It’s so much fun,” he added. “It’s like my ‘Cheers’ bar is back.”

Clevenger said a major remodel of the bar space resulted in more seating, and he said the bar plans live music and karaoke after the busy summer season concludes this fall.

“Live bands on Fridays and karaoke on Saturdays,” he said.