Drive-thru service keeping taverns alive

Mark DeLap/Guernsey Gazette Michelle Roberts, an employee at Kelly’s Bar in Guernsey acts as a window waitress selling liquor on a carry-out basis. The drive-thru business has been good, according to Roberts.

GUERNSEY – Kelly’s Bar is just one of the establishments in the tavern industry that has been kept alive with their drive-thru service during the pandemic.

Michelle Roberts, employee and window waitress at Kelly’s Bar, said the directive to be allowed the opportunity to open a drive-thru window to sell liquor has been in effect for a month.

“Actually we do have a lot of drive-thru business,” Roberts said. “Our locals stayed true to Kelly ‘s Bar and it keeps us busy.”

Looking ahead to when the virus is well behind us, Roberts said she hopes the establishment is mobbed with people. Cutting back to just a mobile selling of alcohol and not having the clientele in the bar itself has affected their bottom line.

“I’m sure it’s affected us a little bit,” Roberts said, “but we do have a lot more package going out the window now. But there is still that desire to come back in to socialize, have a drink and be glad to get on with their lives.”

The bar does not provide delivery service, but only the drive-thru service at this time.

Roberts says traffic has been steady, and on average, there are about 25 to 35 cars driving through a day.

In a little encouragement to her patrons, Roberts said, “Hang in there, drink responsibly, and we’ll all be back in Kelly’s bar soon.”

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