Updated: November 25, 2020 06:37 PM
Created: November 25, 2020 11:27 AM
Mike's Pub in Hibbing is staying positive, despite a boatload of challenges in 2020.
First, there was the fire in the Moose building next door in August. "We were kind of protected from the first fire. It was mostly smoke to clean up," shared Carla Magnuson, a bartender at Mike's.
But then, in November, there was another fire. This time, it was right next door. "There's a lot more water damage this time," Magnuson said.
So they are working on replacing flooring and tiles and cleaning up the kitchen.
They've also had a few break-ins since the fires. And now, the owner, Mike Egan, is hospitalized with COVID-19.
He's feeling supported by so many in the community. "I've got great people, and great family, and friends and contractors," he told us over the phone.
This has all happened while navigating the ever-changing restrictions because of COVID. But this four-week pause may actually be helpful for them, in a sense. "With the shutdown, we'll have a little more time to get things cleaned up," Magnuson said.
So how are they managing to stay positive during all of this? "Well, we live in a small community, and I feel that we have a lot more support. Mike's done so much for everyone in the community. We kind of feed off each other to maintain that positive feeling. It's helping a lot," Magnuson said.
Demolition of the Moose building was underway this week. But Egan said, "We are going to do something with the space. We are not leaving it empty. We are going to make it nice."
They plan on being back better than ever.
"People who hadn't heard of Mike's Pub, now they have. We're going to start new history here," Magnuson said.
Michael Egan, Mike's son, added, "We are looking forward to the future."
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