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Michelle Soltis, proprietress of the Blue Ox Bar and Grill in downtown Bemidji, is excited for her third summer season at the venue. monte draper | bemidji pioneer

Pioneer Profiles: Blue Ox finds its niche through music, food

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BEMIDJI - Villella's Bada Bing!, a notorious sports bar that opened in the Union Station building in June 2008, closed one year later, leaving the space open for the second time in three years for prospective restaurateurs.

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Michelle Soltis, along with her brother John, quickly took the opportunity to bring a fresh new concept to the area, opening Blue Ox Bar and Grill.

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