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Bert's Bar stays afloat during pandemic thanks to loyal customers

Posted at 7:57 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 08:57:43-04

When Bert's Bar opened in St. Francis 10 years ago it was strictly drinking only.

"It's a neighborhood pub where everyone knows your name, like a 'Cheers' bar," says Paul Frenn, owner of Bert's.

As Bert's became a part of the community, customers needed something to soak up the hops.

"I'd say about five years into the 10, customers started asking for food. So, we decided to invest in a commercial kitchen and it's been very helpful in keeping us afloat," says Paul.

That kitchen is keeping Bert's afloat now more than ever, as COVID-19 leaves tables and chairs empty across the country.

"Usually, on a Tuesday, our dining room and bar are full. Similar to Packers game where we have to make reservations and reserve seats," says Paul.

Now, the only reservations being taken are carry-out orders, but it's something Paul and his wife Jennifer are grateful for.

"It means everything that we are in a position to allow customers to come and support us. There are a few bars in the area that had to close and we feel like the community wants us to stay open and help us survive this virus," says Paul.

Bert's Bar, located at 3907 S. Lake Drive, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to close, serving everything from fish tacos to burgers and cheese curds. Plus, drinks to go for the big kid's table.

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