WAITE PARK -- A familiar family will be running a well known Waite Park bar and restaurant starting next month.

Kevin Freihammer, the owner of MT's on 8th, and his son Colin are the new co-owners of Friends Bar after purchasing the establishment earlier this week.

Colin has been working for his dad since he was 18-years-old. He says learning from his dad is what led him to wanting to run his own business.

"I thought it was a great opportunity for us. It's been a dream of mine the whole time I was working there to actually own a business. I approached my dad about this and thought it would be great to work with him."


Freihammer says they plan to keep the same Friends name, but will bring along some familiar things from MT's.

"We're going to obviously bring in the things MT's does really well like meat raffles, keys for cash, bingo, dart-leagues, all of those things will be incorporated and promoted with Friends Bar going forward."


Freihammer says they will close the bar from July 31st to August 3rd to do some minor renovations and menu changes. They plan to re-open on August 4th.

Friends Bar and Restaurant is located at 236 2nd Avenue South in Waite Park.

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