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Angie Wieck, Published December 30 2012

It's My Job: Pub manager says Bison fans help pay the bills

FARGO – Jason Ramstad has been a fixture at Chub’s Pub since two days after his 21st birthday in 1994.

Ramstad currently works as the general manager of the bar and off-sale his grandfather purchased in 1980.

He recently talked about his pride in running a northside family business and his love for the North Dakota State University Bison.

Q. Do your profits tend to increase along with the success of the Bison?

Absolutely. They (Bison fans) pay a lot of the bills around here. A season like this year is certainly better for us than a losing one. Not only does it bring out the students, but it brings out the bigger fan base from the Fargo area.

Even though football is the big thing right now, we don’t get our only business from them. There are other programs besides athletics that help our business. We have relationships with several different teams, student groups and fraternities. You name it. They all spend money here, but we like giving back to them as well. We get involved with a lot of student fundraising efforts.

We also get a lot of our business from northside residents and people who work in the area. North Fargo is good to us.

What do you like best about your job?

I like coming in and interacting with people. There are a lot of jobs where you’re stuck in a cubicle in the day-to-day grind. Even though sometimes I may hear the same story (from patrons) over and over, every once in a while I get a new one. What I do is kind of like hosting a party in my home, only I’m getting paid for it.

What do you think attracts people to Chub’s?

I think a lot of college kids like it because it’s a neighborhood bar. A lot of students come from rural areas, and Chub’s is a bar that maybe reminds them of back home. You could put this bar in the middle of Maddock, N.D., and it would run just the same. You can’t probably say the same about some clubs.

People are also attracted to the family atmosphere. It’s something my mom, uncle, grandpa and I carry on here. We do our best to know our customers’ names. We try to make them feel like part of our family.

We are also very service-oriented. Anybody can sell a beer, but we try to do it the best.

Are there any big New Year’s Eve plans for Chub’s?

We’ll have our traditional Champagne toast at midnight, but I don’t have any big production planned. We just want to make sure customers who come in have a good time and get home safely.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501