Many local bars and restaurants, along with others around the state, opened their doors to outdoor patio seating on Monday. Many salons and barbershops have also opened back, all only allowed to resume at 25% capacity. These businesses have been closed since March 17 with the food industry being allowed to operate with carry-out only to this point.

One local bar and restaurant owner, Rob Dubbs of Muggs of Mille Lacs, spoke of the soft opening on Monday. Dubbs said the City of Wahkon has been gracious enough to open 2nd Street for outdoor seating.

“There is seating for 50 outside where normally we have only about a dozen spots,” said Dubbs. “We had to get some new seating, and as for COVID-19 protocol, we have sanitizing practices in place and will clean tables after each serving, clean bathrooms hourly and have a single entry door and exit door.”

Dubbs added that bar and restaurant staff will have their temperatures taken each day they report to work and are required to wear masks. “We are already good at hygiene but will remind them and will have them use hand sanitizer,” added Dubbs. “I want to give a big thank you to the Wahkon City Council in helping us use some public space and a thank you to everyone who supported us through take out. We ask customers to bear with us as this is a difficult time due to the building not being designed for large outdoor seating.”

Muggs will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice, said Dubbs.

Owner of Beckham’s Bar & Bistro in Isle, Bob Koelfgren, said that the restaurant has plans for expansion in the near future with the construction of a second level deck. He is expecting it to be completed sometime in June.

In the meantime, Koelfgren said they will be adding tents and tables to expand their outdoor seating. He said he is uncertain of the new hours, but for now, the bar and restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.

Check with local bars and restaurants on opening dates and times.

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