By Abigail Broderdorf:

University of Wisconsin­­–Stout graduate Ron Fox is celebrating 25 years of owning The Flame Sports Bar this month. A party was thrown on Friday, Jan. 31 to honor this special anniversary.

Starting at UW–Stout in 1974, Fox was not only a member of the Blue Devil’s basketball team, but also worked as a bartender at The Flame. After graduation and various local jobs, Fox purchased the bar with three other partners in 1989.

After purchasing The Flame, Fox updated the original lounge and café theme to a sports bar hangout to attract a larger number of Menomonie’s residents.

The Flame features nine large screen TVs as well as a 13-foot big screen. Although Fox hails from Chicago and is a Bears fan, patrons can be sure to catch Green Bay Packers games and watch all sports channels including NFL Sunday Ticket, Fox Sports and Big 10.

The Flame offers weekly deals including Sunday’s homemade Bloody Marys specials and a daily happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. More specials and announcements can be found on their Facebook page.

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