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Tom and Susie Nowell purchase Jester's Lounge

Dwayne and Jessica Brossart owned business for 11 1/2 years

August 12, 2011
By Terri Kelly Barta

Former Rugbyites Tom and Susie Nowell purchased Jester's Lounge from Jessica and Dwayne Brossart. Residents will remember the Nowells as previous owners of the Overtime Bar, which they sold in 1998 when they moved to Minnesota.

Tom and Susie have lots of experience in owning and operating bars, in addition to a convenience store and car wash.

"Tom has a knack for running businesses," said Jessica Brossart.

The Nowells decided to move back to Rugby to be near Susie's three daughters and their families.

"Rugby has always had a home-like feel," said Tom Nowell.

The Nowells and the Brossarts are longtime friends.

"Dwayne and I met at the Overtime Bar while Tom and Susie owned it," said Jessica.

She added that it feels right selling the bar to the Nowells because they are such good friends.

"If I could have handpicked the new owners, it would be the Nowells," said Brossart.

The atmosphere of the bar will stay the same although there may be a few interior updates in the near future.

The business will keep the same hours which are 11:00 a.m. - close (1:00 a.m.) Mondays through Saturdays and Noon-close on Sundays. All employees will go with the transition. Randy Greig, who has been the daytime manager of the bar off and on for 12 years, will continue in his position.

"Stop in and visit us," said Tom.

The Brossart's last day is August 14 and the Nowells will begin on the 15th. It will be a smooth transition of ownership with no need to be closed at all. The Brossarts have owned the business for 11 1/2 years, so it will be an adjustment for them.

Dwayne plans to continue farming and Jessica will turn her full attention to the business she has operated for the last five years as an alternative health practitioner with an office in McCabe's FamilyChiropractic, P.C. They have two children, Jazlyn, 12, and Ethan, 7.



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