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Grateful for support

Saloon to reopen

Editor’s Note: The following

article is part of a continuing

series on how Webster City area businesses are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The times have been challenging for restaurants and bar owners over the past two months. With coronavirus restrictions in place that required them to close to the public in March, many have been offering carryout and deliver services to keep the businesses going.

That’s what Seneca Street Saloon and Pizza decided to do. And the owners say they are grateful for the support from the community.

“From day one, it’s been amazing how supportive people have been, even people who were never customers before,” said Kay Ross, co-owner of Seneca Street Saloon and Pizza. She and husband Larry have operated the popular bar and pizza place for 40 years.

There have been lots of new customers over the last 60-plus days, she said, with many people saying they were taking turns ordering from different restaurants to support the local business community.

“And of course, our good old reliable customers have been supportive, too,” she said.

But then that’s nothing new for Webster City, according to Ross.

“They always blow me away,” she said of the support offered by the community.

Ross said even her friends from Square, the financial services and mobile payment company based in San Francisco, have called to see how the business is doing. Representatives of Square were in Webster City several years ago to help produce the film, “Made in Iowa,” about the reopening of the Webster Theater after Electrolux closed.

“They’ve checked on us and other merchants, just to see how things were going,” she said.

Restaurants were allowed to reopen May 4, though many chose to wait a week to begin dining room service. Bars will have that opportunity beginning today in Iowa.

Ross said she’s looking forward to opening the bar today. She said they will abide by the 50 percent capacity restrictions.

“We still have to keep people socially distant, and do the same sanitizing and cleaning,” she said. “The dine in business hasn’t been what it used to be and probably won’t be for a while. There are a lot of people who are nervous about it. It’s going to take everybody a while to figure out what they’re doing.”

The Saloon serves lunch Monday through Saturday and will continue to serve meals and pizza, beginning at 5 p.m., and the business will still offer carryout and delivery.

“It was pretty scary when that first proclamation came down on March 17. You kind of feel that the world is coming to an end,” she said. “But you quickly realize that people were going to help you get through it.”

“I’m really glad I live here,” she said.

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