By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Chris and Kirsten Sheridan have celebrated two years of owning the 52nd Avenue Sports Bar. In that time, they have made friends around 13 television sets with games going year round.
After the Sheridans bought the bar at 5201 N.E. Sandy Blvd., some of their patrons helped with remodeling projects. At one time, the owners said, they had a dozen people helping with repairs and upgrades in the middle of the night.
“We were patrons of the bar before we bought it,” said Kirsten Sheridan, “so we are friends with our customers.’
The friendships extend to sports outside the bar, too. Some of their customer-friends play on the softball team sponsored by the bar. It competes in the Underdog Adult Sports League.
The Sheridans knew each other in high school in Boise, Idaho, then they reconnected at their 20th class reunion. They spent some time in Southern California before returning to the Northwest, where they have family throughout the region.
“We wanted to be part of a neighborhood, in a community,” said Chris Sheridan, explaining their arrival in the Hollywood neighborhood, where they live. They also are members of the Hollywood Boosters.
The Sheridans closed the bar on the Fourth of July, as they have in the past, to host a party at their house for more than 40 people, including friends from the bar.
When they open after the holiday, they will again turn on the 13 TVs. During soccer season, the Thorns, the Timbers and the World Cup will be on the screen. During baseball season, at least one TV features the Baltimore Orioles, Chris’s favorite team, when they are on the air.
During the other seasons — National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, the Blazers, the Ducks and the Beavers – those games are featured as well.
On Friday nights, patrons can perform karaoke. A DJ is featured on Saturdays and Wednesdays. And, Kirsten Sheridan said, “We have the best Saint Paddy’s day in Northeast Portland.”
Besides sports, Chris Sheridan said, “We offer a simple, house-made menu with a good cook. We have awesome bartenders, and we offer a place where people can feel safe at 2 a.m.”