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Eveleth businesses make plans to reopen June 1st

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Eveleth, MN -- We're not going to keep your business from opening. That message this week, from the Eveleth City Council, which passed a resolution, saying the city won't enforce governor Tim Walz 'Stay Safe' order.

According to our partners at the Mesabi Daily News, councilors passed it unanimously.

For restaurant owner Margie Koivunen, Wednesday's announcement from the governor came as a surprise.

"We thought June 1st was going to be our start date, and now we are going to re-group again," said Koivunen, owner of Margie's Roosevelt.

The new rules are that bars and restaurants can only seat people outside, and no more than 50 customers at one time. The problem for some is immediately obvious.

"This is going to be another hurdle because how do we open outside, not all of us have outside areas so there is going to be a lot to consider and a lot to think about."

Koivunen said, she's lucky. She already has an outdoor area, so she's going to follow state guidelines and not the Eveleth city council's vote.

"We've been over two months without customers, without our friends, so it's an option that we are going to definitely try."

As for bars and restaurants who currently don't have outdoor seating, plans are already in place so they can open at some capacity on June 1st.

The Rink Sports Bar & Grill is one of those businesses. They're now trying to turn a parking lot, into a dining room.

"If that's what they are giving us for now is outdoor seating, we will take it. It's been a long time. We need to get reopened," said Michele Woods, owner of The Rink Sports Bar & Grill.

They also decided not to open inside, despite the city council, instead of following state guidelines to keep customers safe.

"When you are in food and beverage service, you build long-time clientele, long time friends. You miss these people," added Woods.

Happy to be back in business, despite the challenges.

Koivunen says she also heard that restaurants and bars that don't follow state guidelines, could lose their liquor and gambling licenses, something that's critical for many.

Ryan Compeau

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