“Sales are through the roof,” said Tower Bar Manager and Ogilvie City Clerk Heather Heins.
Ogilvie’s municipal bar and grill has walked a fine line between profit and loss over the last few years, but demand for off-sale liquor during the COVID-19 pandemic has made the last few months rather profitable. In May, the liquor store’s revenue exceeded expenses by $4,208.
Heins noted demand has been so high, some beer and wine have become a little difficult to keep stocked including a popular beer with locals: Busch Light.
The Tower Bar has expanded its outdoor patio seating, although plans to build a shelter to cover it, shielding patrons from sun and rain, is still in the permitting process.
The city approved spending up to $5,000 on a shelter. Since the City of Ogilvie does not have it’s own building inspector, it contracts with the City of Mora for building inspection services. Ogilvie submitted a request for a commercial building permit in order to construct a shade structure. Before approving the permit to build, Mora requested more information be provided specifically questions about potential capacity changes and requested certified building plans.