(KNSI) – Ultimate Sports Bar & Grill owner Tom Frericks has been named the 2022 St. Cloud Area small business owner of the year. The award was announced by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.
Frericks had owned the Ultimate Sports Bar in Waite Park for decades when a fire destroyed the building on April 6th, 2020. According to a press release, Frericks talked with his children about the bar, the fire and his future. He had already made up his mind. He would rebuild. He says starting from the ground up after 35 years in business has reminded Frericks how much he loves the bar and restaurant industry.
The new Ultimate Sports Bar & Grill is bigger and busier than ever. According to the chamber, the old Ultimate had 23 employees, none of whom were full-time. Today Frericks employs 90 people during the winter and 115 workers during the summer, including ten full time.
Frericks’ payroll has gone from $200,00 to $1.6 million, and…