Chippewa Valley (WQOW) - It was around 5 p.m. when the Supreme Court ruled to block Governor Evers' Safer-at-Home extension and it didn't take long for bars in the area to open back up.
"We filled up the ice bins, cut a bunch of fruit. And within about 5 minutes of me posting on Facebook, we had about 20 of our regulars in here," said Peter Gruetzmacher, owner of Jake's Supper Club in Menomonie.
Jake's Supper Club is one of several bars to reopen right away.
After hearing the news, Gruetzmacher and his staff got to work, spacing out the high tables, making sure staff was wearing PPE and getting hand sanitizer stations up and running.
However, Gruetzmacher said the most challenging part is keeping customers distanced.
"Because our regulars here, they all kind of consider themselves family. Well, part of the rules that came out last week said, if you're part of the same group you can sit together, but then you have to have two bar stools away from the next group. So we've got that going on," he said.
Gruetzmacher said he knows people will be upset he is open but says he and employees have bills to pay.
He also said things will look a lot different for the next few months.
Overall, Gruetzmacher said it is an emotional reopening.
Here are some other bars that are either open on Wednesday night or opening for regular business on Thursday
- Joel's 4 Corners in Chippewa Falls
- Every Buddy's Bar and Grill in Chippewa Falls
- Glen Loch Saloon in Chippewa Falls
- Happy Hour in Bloomer
- Harm's Way in Bloomer
- Loopy's in Chippewa Falls
- Badger Hole in Bloomer