Primed For Your Entertainment

The Blue Ox opened in the old Time Wholesaler building at 918 3rd Avenue South in 1963. Just a couple blocks from the Leamington and Curtis Hotels, the restaurant advertised Paul Bunyan prime rib dinners and “choicely” mixed beverages. Patrons were served the finest, reasonably priced cuisine in the main dining room’s intimate, luxurious atmosphere. After dinner, swingers slipped away into the Blue Room to sing-along at finest and happiest piano bar in the great Northwest. Blue Room entertainment included live music, floor shows and dancing, but no strippers or twisters were allowed. On work days, owners, Ockie Berman and David Aronsohn, invited downtowners to find noontime treats and man-sized luncheons, deliciously prepared and sensibly priced with daily specials. After the Blue Ox closed in the late 1970’s, the building was demolished to make way for a parking lot.