Rochester celebrates Thanksgiving Eve

With night of events for everyone
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 11:06 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – With friends and family returning home across the country for Thanksgiving weekend, many took to the town for some music, drinks, and an overall good time.

“We just expect it to be a really nice solid evening, we expect the place to fill up really nice,” said Forrest Wealot, a barista at Forager Brewery.

Forager had a live band perform and unveiled seven new craft beers.

“The band tonight is gonna be Thomas and the Shakes, they’re a local favorite so we’re expecting to draw in a nice local crowd,” said Wealot.

At North Star bar, there was a Blink-182 cover band.

“Tonight we have a band, Drink-182, starting at 9:30,” said Brad Norland, a bartender at North Star.

“They’re from the local area, it’s their 23rd reunion,” he said.

The North Star bartender we spoke with said it would start getting busy way before then, once happy hour came around.

“It’s going to be elbow-to-elbow in here tonight for sure, because last year, we were shut down at this time, and all the weekends have been phenomenal,” said Norland.

Other bars were hoping to see crowds more reminiscent of their pre-pandemic days.

“We don’t really know what to expect this year, so we’re hoping we’ll get a good push later on in the night and stuff,” said Tap House Manager Jacob Garvey.

With many bars closing over the pandemic, places like the Tap House have not seen the business they were accustomed to.

“A lot of the other places closed down which everyone went to, so, there’s only a few of us left downtown and we’re getting more like a middle-aged and older crowd,” said Garvey.

When it came to staffing and safety concerns, all three said they were well prepared for the surges of people.

Charlie’s Eatery and Pub had a karaoke night, while the Workshop Food Hall and Bar had a Friendsgiving Pajama Party.

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