Sherwood sports bar serves 12 beers, 11 types of hamburgers

After some extensive remodeling efforts last spring, the former Captain Ron’s Sports Bar is now AJ’s Sports Pub and Grub.

Purchased by Jeff and Ali Johnson last March, Jeff Johnson said he felt it was important to remodel the restaurant while still open so patrons could see what changes are being made.

“People like to see what’s happening and like to see what’s going on with the changes,” he said. “We’re shooting for next June to have the place totally done.”

So far, Johnson and his wife have redone the sport bar’s kitchen along with all the restaurant tables. Along the way, they added 11 flat-screen televisions.

“This isn’t the easiest business to be in, but if you do it right, you can survive,” said Johnson. The pub is named after the couple’s son, AJ, who is now 6. The couple also has three daughters.

For co-owner Ali, it’s a balancing act trying to raise the kids while helping to operate the business.

No stranger to the restaurant business, Jeff Johnson helped his brother Jay get his Bushwhackers Country Bar in Tualatin off the ground when that business opened in 1998.

Johnson said the goal in opening AJ’s was to keep a local, neighborhood family bar. He is planning to support community events as well, and has already helped out by sponsoring a golf tournament last September that raised $2,200 for the Sherwood High School football program.

“We had a vision of making the place very family friendly and dedicated to supporting the local athletic programs,” said Johnson. “We want this to be a Sherwood sports bar,”

The food side of the sports bar offers pizzas and 11 different hamburgers.

“Our burgers are what really drive the place,” Johnson said.

And of course, no hamburger can top the World Series Burger, a monstrosity that weighs 7 to 8 pounds and comes on a 10-inch bun.

“Before it’s cooked, it’s 2 and a half pounds of beef,” Johnson noted.

Pepperoni, Canadian bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions are then added along with your choice of fries or tater-tots. Many have tried, but no one has ever finished the $24 burger. Johnson entered his mammoth burger in John Canzano of 750AM the Game’s “Battle of the Sports Bars” contest. After voting, AJ’s came in third out of 20 sports bars that entered.

AJ’s also offers 12 beers on tap and numerous local wines.

Future plans are to add a kids’ sports-related video game room, said Johnson. Also available is a back banquet room that is open for public meetings.

Obviously, the place is generally packed on the weekends for college sporting events “I’m sure the ‘Civil War’ will be interesting,” he said. Business was also hopping for Monday night football.

AJ’s also offers an an all-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. AJ’s is located at 21900 S.W. Alexander Lane. Call 503-625-6600 for more information.

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