Bars prepare for Husker game day, hopeful for crowd turnout

Channel 8 talked to bar owners and staff who are all hoping this upcoming Husker game day brings fans out to watch in a safe environment.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Channel 8 talked to bar owners and staff who are all hoping this upcoming Husker game day brings fans out to watch in a safe environment.

“We’re sanitizing all the high traffic areas, door handles, bathroom doors, faucets, every two hours just like we’re supposed to do,” said Dave Sutko, co-owner of Spikes Beach Bar and Grill. “So we’re trying to everything we can to make everybody feel safe.”

With the Husker game against Ohio state coming up on Saturday, local bars and restaurants are hoping the crowds choose to watch at their businesses.

“The pandemic has really caused business to slow down, which is understandable, but we’re hoping that we’ll get to see some familiar faces,” said Jamie Norton, a bartender at WC’s South Sports Bar.

New DHMs started on Wednesday, bringing indoor gathering back to 50 percent capacity. Zoe Olson, Executive Director of the Nebraska Restaurant Association, says that doesn’t include bars and restaurants.

However, tables can seat no more than 8, and people must remain seated.

One bar is serving breakfast and taking extra precautions to make people feel safe.

“We’ll have their temperatures checked,” said Nancy Baer, who also works at WC’s South Sports Bar. “They have to have a mask on. They have to be seated at the tables in order to take a mask off.”

“Because it’s a morning game were serving biscuits and gravy and that’s available for curbside pickup as well,” said Norton.

“We will be extra staffed,” adds Sutko. “The kitchen staff will be ready to go, the wait staff bartenders everyone and we’ve been doing this for the last six months, so we kinda got a pretty good handle on the health measures.”

Spikes Beach Bar and Grill is getting creative with their space in case of overflow.

“We’re not sure what to expect,” said Sutko. “It’s going to be unique this year, obviously. Fortunately, we have a gym that has four indoor volleyball courts that we can change over into extra seating and we can really social distance in there if it gets too busy in here.”

Many bar owners are working overtime to make their spaces safe so if you want to support local on game day, it is an option.

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