The Angry Beaver Sports Grill in downtown Corvallis is more than just another sports bar where people can watch the big games or the Olympics, said owner Randy Holmes.
“What we’ve done is kind of created an Oregon State athletic museum with the memorabilia we have,” added Holmes, a former Beaver football running back.
And there’s plenty of Oregon State history on display. Hanging near the entry is a jersey that new football coach Jonathan Smith wore in the Fiesta Bowl back when he played quarterback for the Beavers.
Nearby is former Beaver Michael Conforto’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game jersey.
“We’re trying to get more stuff with women’s basketball,” Holmes said.
There also are a few non-OSU items, such as Hulk Hogan’s championship belt, Rowdy Roddy Piper’s belt, or the Iron Sheik’s if you root for the villain.
Holmes wanted to create a place focused on Oregon State sports — and for alumni to meet before and after games — but he’s also resurrected a bit of Corvallis’ culinary history with the Angry Beaver, which opened in January.
For more than a decade, Holmes was the chef at The Gables, which was known as Corvallis’ premier restaurant for years before it closed.
“I literally made the croutons and chicken bisque soup every day,” Holmes said. Angry Beaver chef Mike Adams also worked at the Gables.
Naturally, that signature chicken bisque soup with croutons is featured on the menu, as is a prime rib with Danish whipped potatoes special on Friday nights, and that also was a Gables’ staple.
The menu also includes a Reuben sandwich, stuffed burgers, tacos and more.
The Angry Beaver sits inside the former site of Sivetz Coffee Inc., which was transformed into the Dam, a sports bar and arcade, in 2016.
But that business closed last year.
Holmes said that the Angry Beaver still has an arcade component, which now includes air hockey, big screen Space Invaders and more modern video games. And there are now tables, not just counters, covered in sports cards, which also was something the Dam was known for.
“We went further with this. It’s bigger,” Holmes said.
The Angry Beaver also is a site for What Do You Know? Trivia, which takes place every Tuesday at 8 p.m.
The name of the bar comes from a nickname for one of OSU’s mascot designs. Holmes and his business partners heard students chanting “We are the angry beavers” during a football game, and they thought it would be a great name for the business they were thinking about creating.
Brad Joelson also is an owner of the Angry Beaver, and Steve Anderson, former basketball coach Jimmy Anderson’s son, is in charge of catering, design, and acquiring OSU items.
“We’re doing a lot of fun things with this place. If you look around, you always see something new, something interesting,” Holmes said.
The Angry Beaver Sports Grill, 349 S.W. Fourth St., is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
For more information, go to the business’ Facebook page or call 541-286-4129.