After four years of living in Reeder and driving back and forth between the oil fields and Hettinger, Robert and Leann Camirand have purchased Codger’s Bar.
By JAMIE SPAINHOWER
Posted June 29, 2012
“We bought it from Kathleen Lutz on May 1,” said Robert. She was ready to retire, and the bar had been for sale for three years.”
Robert, who had been working in the oil fields for10 years, and Leann had been working at the nursing home in Hettinger and the women’s prison in New England since they moved to Reeder.
“We were just ready for a change,” he said. “One of the big things that helped us make the decision was the amount of traveling we were doing.”
The couple moved to Reeder because they were looking for a house and they found their perfect match there.
So far the couple has made a couple of small changes to the building, by opening up the bar area a little bit removing a wall, and adding some games to what will become an arcade room on the lower level.
“We are doing some more events, such as karaoke, a fish fry and a barbeque,” said Leann.
The new name came from Leann, who has called her dad Codger for some time. “It means grumpy old man,” she said laughing.
Other future plans include expanding the outside deck, making the area bigger and adding permanent horseshoe pits.
Currently a limited lunch menu is offered, which Leann wants to expand.
“It’s the basics, burgers, chicken strips, pizza and the like,” she said.
There will be a live band – A Avenue – playing July 6, and they will be open during Reeder Day on June 30.
“I love the new business,” said Robert. “Working for ourselves. Owning our own business is living the American Dream.”