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New owners of Sabin bar already making big changes

Steve Sortland, left, and Dean Jorgenson co-own Crow Bar in Sabin, Minn. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

SABIN, Minn. – The Crow Bar, a longtime fixture here, is under new ownership.

Roger and Terry Ball, its owners for 24 years, sold to Steve Sortland and Dean Jorgenson on Aug. 1.

Sortland said the reception from locals so far has been amazing.

That warm welcome may be thanks to the renovations being made. Already complete are new ceiling tiles, a business office and a new pull tab station. The new station allows for three additional jars, all benefiting Moorhead Youth Hockey.

The next project involves taking down the red carpet lining the walls and replacing it with the same knotty pine used for the pull tab station.

A new roof and exterior paint job are also planned this year.

They retained the Crow Bar’s popular cook Tim Getz and plan to heavily promote daily lunch and dinner specials, including half-price burger baskets, $1 tacos and more.

Jorgenson is partial to the sirloin steak, fries and coleslaw they serve for $6 on Wednesdays.

He said they broke a record selling 66 meals a few weeks ago and he has made it his mission to reach 100.

“We’re selling 100 steaks every Wednesday, if I have anything to say about it,” Jorgenson said. “For $6. Are you kidding me?”

They also want people to know they will soon be open Sundays, just in time for football season. To lure in customers, they plan to install a 90-inch flat screen television and serve free food all day.

Sortland said they also hope to draw customers in with activities such as a tippy-cup tournament.

Jorgenson and Sortland are enthusiastic about working together. They had been looking for a bar to purchase for about two years when they settled on the Crow Bar.

The friends met about four years ago at the Power House Lounge in Halstad, where Jorgenson was manager.

Sortland was looking for a place to take his sons hunting and Jorgenson offered to host the group on land near his hometown of Fisher.

“I had them up there hunting and that’s what kind of sealed our friendship,” Jorgenson said. “We’ve just been best buds ever since."

Business profile

Crow Bar

  • Location: 1 Main St., Sabin, MInn.
  • Phone: (218) 789-7415
  • Hours: 10 to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday.
  • Website: Search for “The CrowBar Bar & Grill” on Facebook