Decor, people of Clive’s in Blaine have stories to tell

From the interior decor to the staff, the new Clive’s Roadhouse in Blaine has a lot of stories to share.

The casual dining restaurant that opened Sept. 30 at 10400 Baltimore St. NE, Suite 200, in the National Market Center development.

Steve Sandin of Little Canada visits with Clive’s Roadhouse bartender Jordan Shaw. Photo by Eric Hagen

Steve Sandin of Little Canada visits with Clive’s Roadhouse bartender Jordan Shaw. Photo by Eric Hagen

From the scalloped tin from a farmhouse in central Wisconsin, table top wood from a schoolhouse in Indiana by the Amish, mustard barnwood on the walls from a Waconia area bar, to railroad spikes from railroad tracks in northern Minnesota, “everything you see has been reclaimed from an old barn or an old building,” said Clive’s business owner Tony Patterson. His wife of 17 years and business co-owner Linda Patterson designed the interior.

The chandeliers, colors, textures and lighting make it a good spot for a casual dining experience, but there are also plenty of televisions for those wanting to catch a game, according to Patterson.

Almost all the items on the menu are less than $17 and everything is made from scratch. The slow-roasted beef sandwich that is hand-rubbed with garlic and house-made spice, then slow-roasted for eight hours is a Clive’s specialty and one of many sandwiches on the menu. There are steaks and walleye, soups and salad, and flatbread pizza.

“We make our own salsas, we make our own tortilla chips every day, we make our own dressings, we chop our own lettuce,” Patterson said.

Clive’s opens for lunch at 11 a.m. every day and stays open until 1 a.m. most days except for 2 a.m. for the Thursday through Saturday night crowd.

Wednesday night trivia, live acoustic music on Thursday nights and a DJ playing country, pop and classic rock on Friday and Saturday nights are the weekly activities.

According to Patterson, there will be no dance floor as there was in the Time Out restaurant that was located where Clive’s now is.

All the decor in Clive’s Roadhouse in Blaine has a unique story. The new Blaine restaurant opened Sept. 30. Photo by Eric Hagen

All the decor in Clive’s Roadhouse in Blaine has a unique story. The new Blaine restaurant opened Sept. 30. Photo by Eric Hagen

Patterson began his career as a server and bartender for Hyatt hotels before he went through the management program and met his future wife Linda. They helped open the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas. After opening up restaurants in resorts in San Diego and Texas, Linda and Tony opened Sally’s Saloon & Eatery on the University of Minnesota’s campus in 1995.

The old restaurant was demolished for new student housing, but the Pattersons will be opening a new Sally’s next year when the housing units and the adjacent Central Corridor light rail is open for business.

Originally, they were going to open a new restaurant in Plymouth along Highway 55 called Clive’s on 55. They liked the name because it rhymed, but they were not able to swing a deal with the property owner, so they kept the name but opened the first Clive’s Roadhouse in Champlin in December 2011. It is an independent business, not associated with any national chain.

They created a story of Clive, saying he is your favorite brother, cousin or uncle.

“He’s a man that has a passion for life, for food, for cigars, for good wine, for people,” Patterson said. “Everybody has a Clive in their family, an uncle, cousin or somebody who is a community guy.”

To see the menu, happy hour specials and event information, visit www.clivesroadhouse.net/blaine.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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