Anna Allard celebrated May Day in a new way.
It was “Freedom Day” when she reopened the Mo’s Bunker Bar in Amidon for business May 1.
It was only reopening for a weekend - Friday through Sunday - but it will remain that way a little longer, Allard said. She added that probably before the end of the month she hopes to expand her hours to Wednesday through Sunday - five days a week.
The North Dakota governor recently gave approval for the reopening of some businesses after closing them down more than a month ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic..
The first weekend in the small Slope County seat was a big one for the bar, she said.
“We had a pretty good weekend that first weekend. This weekend (May 8-10) hasn’t been as busy as the first one but we have had pretty steady business,” Allard said Sunday.
When it comes to the new guidelines established by Gov. Doug Burgum, they haven’t caused too much problems for the small subterranean bar on Highway 85 on the western edge of the town. “The half occupancy usually isn’t too much of a problem for us any way,” she added with a chuckle.
The bar has a capacity of holding 46 customers, she explained. “Half of 46 is 23. There is usually anywhere from five to ten people here so that hasn’t really been an issue.
“It hasn’t been too much of a challenge. So far, nobody has been weirded-out that has come in. I feel everybody is ready to get back to living life again, I guess.”
Mother’s Day isn’t usually a big bar day, according to Allard. “We had a few moms here, but not a crazy amount. Mother’s Day is usually isn’t the best bar holiday, anyway,” she added with a chuckle. “I still sold a lot of food tonight (Mother’s Day). I sold a lot of chicken strips and onion rings.”
That first weekend, the customers were happy Mo’s had reopened, she said. “We had a lot of new people... people I had never seen before from places like Montana, Ekalaka, South Dakota and Minnesota. That was good.
“I wasn’t sure if I should bring out the full menu, but right away the first customers wanted to eat,” she explained. “I think people missed going out. They are tired of cooking for themselves.
“Last week, I sold a ton of tacos and roast beef sandwiches. The tacos were super hot. I was selling like four at a time.”
The bar will be open just on the weekends for about another week or two, she explained. “I’m just seeing how it would go (the business). In another couple of weeks, I will be opening up like our summer hours. But right now, there is so much yard work and spring stuff going one, I have been outside most of the time.”
The restaurants in Bowman are still looking at mostly maintaining their curbside service, which began in mid-March.
Windy’s Bar and Pizza on Main Street announced that they were still doing some interior remodeling and would not be ready to open the bar by the end of April. “We plan on ripping up all of the old carpet and tile in the bar as soon as I am finished with the bathrooms,” they posted on their Facebook page. “We feel it is now or never.”
Windy’s is still doing curbside and delivery, they added on the Facebook page.
Eats N Treats
The restaurant has decided to keep its dining room closed for the present time, according to an April 28 post on Facebook. “We feel that it is for the best interest of our customers and our employees to continue with only pick-up,” the post explained.
The restaurant is located at 408 Highway 12 West in Bowman.
After closing its doors several weeks ago, Grazer’s is back open, but only for carryout. They have posted that people can “drive in to Grazer’s and receive your meal in the comfort of your car.”
They announced the May 2 re-opening on Facebook, telling their customers that in addition to taking call-in orders, that people could also go online to make an order.
The restaurant is located on the eastern edge of the Bowman Lodge and Convention Center at 207 Highway 12 W in Bowman.