Traverse City Bars Quiet, Empty on ‘Busiest Bar Night of the Year’

The night before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest bar night of the year, but in 2020, things look a little quieter.

In a year where bars and restaurants have had to work around different emergency orders and mandates, many are doing what they can to pivot to make up for lost revenue.

The Little Fleet inn Traverse City is usually hopping on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but this year, they’re offering a pop-up market and take out beer and wine.

“As we’re pivoting, we’re thinking of new ways to get our awesome stuff out to people,” said general manager Jess Heller. “We keep changing and adding and trying to do our best to still connect with our community and be open as much as we can.”

Down the street, Bubba’s will be markedly quieter this year.

“The night before Thanksgiving, we’re usually full until we close,” said general manager Brad Patterson. “A lot of college kids who are usually in town for the weekend…it’s the biggest bar night of the year.”

Wednesday night, they’re hoping that families will save their home cooking for Thursday’s Thanksgiving.

“We’re hoping for a lot of takeout business and delivery, which we offer now that people are hungry and don’t want to cook until tomorrow,” said Patterson. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to sell really good food and be a part of the community.”

In a year of ups and downs, they hope the community remembers them as we move into the holiday season.


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