Open-air bar rules bring smiles and gulps of relief


June 5, 2020

Jana Peterson

Kalee Monahan and Jeremy Bushey toast on the deck at the Rendezvous Bar in Scanlon Monday. It made life feel more normal, Monahan said. "The restrictions aren't fun," Bushey said.

Thank goodness the sun came out. Monday marked the first day people could eat at restaurants and drink at bars - outdoors only, not inside - since Gov. Tim Walz began issuing orders to keep people at home and nonessential businesses closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although many local restaurants have been offering curbside or delivery service for customers, most bars have simply been closed for almost three months. There's been a lot of remodeling and cleaning, but minimal revenue, so the reopening is a relief for most bar owners.

Customers, too. Most seemed elated to be at th...

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