Alcohol Licensed Businesses in Bozeman Band Together in Agreement Requiring Frontline Staff to Wear Masks

Wednesday Jul. 8th, 2020

Bozeman, MT – Tuesday, July 7, 2020 over two dozen alcohol licensed establishments in Downtown Bozeman, as well as establishments outside of downtown, banded together in agreement to require front of the house staff to wear facemasks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Mike Hope, owner of the Rocking R Bar, led the effort working with alcohol licensed businesses to sign onto the agreement.

“We want the community of Bozeman to be a safe place so that our businesses can stay open,” said Mike Hope. “By having nearly every business in downtown Bozeman that serves alcohol join together in support of front of the house staff wearing masks, our customers know that we value them and that we are all in this together as a community.”

“After meeting with staff and speaking with other downtown businesses, we decided that wearing facemasks for the safety of employees and customers is pertinent as cases continue to rise. With ample social distancing between inside and patio seating, sanitizing tables and chairs, we felt it was best for our servers to wear facemasks daily,” said Jim & Mary Pat Harris, Bozeman Spirits Distillery & Union Hall Brewery

“As restaurant operators we want to cut off any type of going backwards or closures. We want to get out in front of this and put our front house staff in masks, so that we are part of the solution,” said Joe Romano, Urban Kitchen & Nina’s Tacos and Tequila.

The following alcohol licensed establishments in Downtown Bozeman have joined onto the agreement that frontline staff wear masks:

Pour House
317 Pub
Rm 1
Bar IX
Open Range Steak House
American Legion
Rocking R Bar
El Camino
Crystal Bar
Copper Whiskey Bar & Restaurant
Main Street Overeasy
Cannery Lounge
Burger Bob's
Baucus Pub
Bozeman Spirits Distillery
Union Hall Brewery
Backcountry Burger Bar
Mackenzie River Pizza - Bozeman
Urban Kitchen
Salted Carmel
14 North
Shine Beer Sanctuary
Montana Ale Works
Dave's Sushi

Additionally, the following establishments outside of downtown have also joined the agreement:
Bay Bar & Grill
Cat's Paw
Molly Brown
Club Tavern & Grill
Fiesta Mexicana
Wild Rye Distillery
Scoop Bar
Pizza Campania