Local bar stays open by selling alcoholic drinks to-go

Pete Ricketts says restaurants and bars have been some of the hardest hit businesses during the COVID–19 pandemic.
Sandy's Elk Creek

On March 26th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcoholic drinks for take out. The night he announced the news, a popular bar in downtown Lincoln got to work.

“We jumped as quick as we could, ran around for basically 36 hours to start selling our elk creeks and beer to go,” said General Manager at Sandy’s, Mike Tucker.

The executive order states that pre–made cocktails and other alcoholic beverages can be sold as long as they are sealed with a lid, or another way of securing the drink.

Ricketts says restaurants and bars have been some of the hardest hit businesses during the COVID–19 pandemic.

Sandy’s is known for their Elk Creek Water, which is basically hard alcohol and orange juice. They went back and forth with ideas on what they were going to use to sell it.

“The first thing that came to mind was what do we put them in, jug containers like you see in the grocery store, and the ones you fill water with and we are getting them through our distributor now, our orange juice distributor and they sell us the empty gallons and we fill them up, snap the lid on and they are good to go,” said Tucker.

Sandy’s has been selling half gallons of their Elk Creek Water for $19, one half gallon is equivalent too two pitchers.

Tucker say’s his employees have been fortunate to be able to come into work, even if it’s just for a few hours.

“We are all in this social environment that we work in a bar and so my employees are cooped up at home so they get to come down for a couple hours and help out, they are just happy to be able to come out and do something,” said Tucker.

Tucker says customers have been giving the bar a lot of support, they have had people come down from Omaha.

At one point, they even came close to running out of ingredients. Right now, Sandy’s has adjusted hours. They are open every weekdays 4 p.m. to  7 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekends.

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