Ron and Brenda Sabado have been serving up home-style food at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River for going on 9 years.
Ron and Brenda have been working the restaurant business together for most of their adult lives. The couple talk about the other eateries they have opened together along the way, and agree that once you have owned your own business it’s hard to go work for someone else.
Ron recently celebrated a birthday; on June 3rd, he turned 73. He and his family are grateful he is still around, he has had some rough years. He is a survivor of three different types of cancer.
Daughters, Alexis and Rachael, and son, Ron Jr., have all worked the family business for years.
They are all hoping that their dad will consider retirement, or at least taking some time for himself. At the moment, he still goes to work every morning and sometimes works the line when things get chaotic. He’s still the best cook in there he says, and everyone knows it.
His children and grandchildren know he is special. They explain him as selfless. He’s an old-fashioned man who still knows how to build things and fix things. Both daughters talked about him showing up to dig out their driveways this winter and his granddaughters tell stories of how easy it is to convince him to buy them presents.
Ron started this business so Alexis, Rachael and Ron Jr., would have a place to work. He wanted them to make good money and work hours that would allow them to raise his grandchildren.
Someday Ron wants to retire; there’s an open road and RV in his future. That will have to wait though, this father is not done taking care of his family.