Updated: November 22, 2020 10:30 PM
Created: November 22, 2020 04:05 PM
While Minnesota bars and restaurants are once again adapting to limitations imposed on them by Governor Tim Walz's latest set of restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, those in Wisconsin remain open and ready for business.
Mike Mohr, the owner of Gronk’s Bar & Grill said it has been a busy weekend.
“Yesterday was our best day probably in the last two months with the Minnesota side shutting down, with all due respect,” Gronk’s said.
Despite the increase in business, Mohr said he would like to see Minnesota businesses remain open because he has been in their position and doesn’t want to see them shut down.
“In this business, it’s hard to survive a week without cash flow,” Mohr said. “You know, there’s been a lot of places that have closed for good.”
Ashley Penney, a regular at Gronk’s, said supporting local businesses is important during this time – both for the businesses and for the customers.
“It gets you out of the house, it gives you a chance to at least not eat the same dinners every night,” Penney said.
Penney added that safety protocol in place makes her feel safe.
“I think they’ve done a really good job separating people and making people who comes to these places feel comfortable,” Penney said.
On the other side of town, Earth Rider Brewery has worked to safely serve customers in a tent outdoors. On Sunday, the brewery hosted a socially distanced open mic and market.
“People are excited—just to go do something, you know, support people,” Lyla Abukhodair, an event organizer said.
Abukhodair said that the outdoor setting, along with social distancing and masks being required made for safe environment amid the pandemic.
“You go in there and it’s not like people have forgotten about COVID. We are working with it and we’re doing our absolute best,” Abukhodair said.
Over the next four weeks, the businesses we spoke to said they will do their best to keep up with demand from across the bridge.
“We’ll do the best we can do to take care of them while they are coming over here and hope for these guys to get open across the bridge,” Mohr said.
But, they also hope Minnesotans will support their local businesses of their own as well.
“We don’t want them shut down and we would like to see their customers supporting their businesses any way they can,” Mohr said.