WILMONT ― As restaurants and bars around the state prepare to offrer outdoor dining service next week, one local establishment has taken a creative measure to help the transition go as smoothly as possible.

Hailey Sissel took over management of Wilmont Saloon No. 7 in November, and since then she has had tentative plans to create an outdoor space on the property. COVID-19 has simply accelerated those plans, she said.

Sissel and her staff have decided to build an outdoor bar on wheels. She crowds-ourced a bunch of donated pallets for lumber in order to save on costs. The bar itself is designed to wheel in and out of the saloon’s north garage door, to give staff easy access to the kitchen and refrigerators inside.

Around the corner on the east side of the building, Sissel is creating a seating area of no more than 50 spaces, in accordance with the governor’s rule.

The newly created space will allow the saloon to serve its full menu and be open for more regular hours.

“We really appreciate the community,” Sissel said, noting that local residents have given as much patronage as possible during the saloon’s mandated shutdown. “We couldn’t have made it this far without them."

Outdoor service will officially be allowed starting June 1, but since the saloon is closed Mondays, it will begin June 2.