By Gabby Christensen
It was a deep-rooted commitment to the community of St. Edward that pushed Brice Sliva to purchase the Beaver Dam Bar & Grill in September 2018, after the business nearly closed its doors permanently.
Sliva, a St. Edward native, said he couldn’t stand to watch a business along Main Street close.
“I wanted to keep this business open and operating, ensuring a few more jobs and opportunities for our town,” Sliva said. “It’s so important to me that St. Edward stays alive.”
Sliva officially took over the business, which sits at 309 Beaver St. in St. Edward, on Sept. 28, 2018.
The grand opening is scheduled for this Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m.
Local band 90 Proof will perform and drink specials will be offered.
Sliva has worked within the local business community for a number of years.
He credits many of his family members, who are also local small business owners, for mentoring him and encouraging him to take on this new business endeavor.
“I am forever grateful for my role model, best friend and mother, Holly Shanle, who has taught me everything I know today,” Sliva said. “I have worked alongside her over the years in our family business and it’s been a huge learning experience for me.”
Under his ownership, Sliva has plans to change up the bar’s menu and featured drinks.
He has recently created a new shot, “The Dam Beaver,” with other ideas in the making.
“The menu is going to be bigger and better without the additional cost,” Sliva said. “I’m trying to become known for a few signature items. I’ve also been really focused on consistency and taste, as both are important.”
The finalized menu will be released sometime this month.
Sliva said he aims to draw more people into the community, which will increase business throughout St. Edward.
As for the future, Sliva hopes to continue to provide a spot for patrons to enjoy a meal, drink or entertainment.
In the end, he said he’s happy to see the business remain open and thrive, as it’s been a staple in the community for many years.
“I’m extremely thankful to the community for their support,” Sliva said. “I’m honored to operate in the very building that previous owners operated in. I hope to make everyone proud.”
By Gabby Christensen