At Elsie’s Bar & Grill in Caledonia, the challenges of the 2020 shut-downs have been changed into alternatives. “The whole lot’s completely different,” proprietor Elsie Babler mentioned final week. That’s as a result of she and husband Lee stored busy final 12 months reworking the inside of the constructing – particularly the eating areas.
There are new cubicles, new tables and chairs, and new flooring. The challenge options the wealthy glow of recent wooden siding surrounding these cubicles, tables, parts of the partitions, and extra. The woodwork units off with contemporary hunter inexperienced paint and new décor on the partitions.
“We used automotive siding all through,” Elsie mentioned. “We used to have steel poles seen within the eating room. There have been 4, two within the entrance by the door and these two again right here. He (Lee) simply cased them with the automotive siding. Gave the room somewhat extra privateness for everybody and somewhat more room.
“Lee made all of the tables,” Elsie grinned. “It sort of works out good. I design and he builds…
“We additionally put in new flooring, matching the ground within the different (adjoining) room. And we put a hearth within the higher seating space. We used to name that space the bullpen…
That separate a part of the eating space options the aforementioned hearth, which springs to life on the flip of a change. Standing within the room, Elsie gestured to the display screen on the wall. “This was a window, and it simply appeared into our storage room,” she famous. “So I informed Lee ‘Let’s simply make it into a hearth.’ Made it cozier in right here.”
So all in all, the COVID closures and ensuing downtime have been put to good use, making room to work in several elements of the constructing, whereas patrons have been nonetheless buying take-out meals.
“My downfall is that I maintain considering when I’ve downtime,” Elsie mentioned. “So then he (Lee) finally ends up working.”
Lee’s brother (Terry) even created a brand-new indoor signal for the re-modeled space. It options far more than a reputation, with strutting turkeys, leaping trout, and whitetail deer alongside a forest and stream background. “It suits proper in,” Elsie mentioned. “We additionally redid the pool desk space (on the bar facet), too, through the COVID shutdown. After which this summer season, we’re going so as to add on to our terrace.”
It’s an entire new look. “We have been attempting to get away from the cafe’ look, into extra of a household restaurant-type look. What we got here up with has a country really feel.” Elsie defined. “I’ve bought a pal that likes to embellish, so she helps me with that.
“It was a strategy to maintain our ideas off of the COVID (pandemic). We needed to look to the longer term, and hopefully bettering ourselves. You may’t dwell on issues which can be previous. It’s a must to transfer ahead.
“It turned out very nice. We’re very pleased with it. It’s come a great distance since I purchased this.”
For many who are focused on seeing the up to date eating areas and take a look at the menu, Elsie’s Bar & Grill is positioned at 226 E. Foremost Avenue in downtown Caledonia. The restaurant opens day by day at 6:30 a.m. Name 725-3313 for extra data.