Traverse City Bars Prepping for Biggest Bar Night of the Year

Thanksgiving is traditionally the biggest night of the year.

Of course bars weren’t allowed to open last year because of the pandemic, but that’s not the case this year.

“There are still some precautions that we as a society must take regarding COVID-19 and all of that. But the fact that we can be open to 100% capacity is enormous, ”said Calvin Marois, Front of House Manager at 7 Monks.

It’s a big deal for bars to be open at all 7 Monks in Traverse City did a little extra work to get ready for the biggest barn night of the year.

“We ordered a little more in terms of groceries and beer kegs,” said Marois. “We also ordered a bit more for our bottled beers this year, mostly to make sure we had enough and our cool boxes look great for people coming from outside.”

The Irish Public House in Kilkenny is also ready for the biggest barn night of the year, but there have been some challenges.

“There are many bottlenecks. We’ve been replacing a few things lately, we’re running out of things we just can’t get, and there are no replacements, ”said Barb Tulgetske, manager at Kilkenny’s Irish Public House. “When things that were out there and are now available become available, we’ve tried to order a lot more. We now have pretty much everything we need to at least get us through the night. “

Kilkenny’s has also trained its staff to deal with large crowds.

“We’re just trying to get people to keep their eyes open, look for people who look like they have too many thighs, go limp, indistinct words,” said Tulgetske.

Fully occupied and ready for Wednesday is a sign of triumph in the pandemic for both bars.

“It’s definitely not easy. We’re going to be spending two years on it, so we’ll roll up and help each other get through this, ”said Tulgetske.

“We all have our backs and do what we can to help each other and give each other high fives and attaboys,” said Marois. “Simply being there for one another and for customers.”

Kilkenny’s Irish Public House will be understaffed but 7 monks will be at full capacity.

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