Ice Hole Bar returns for another season on Lake LidaLake Lida, MN (WDAY TV) - One of the hottest - or coldest - bars to hit the region during wintertime is one day away from opening its doors for the second year. After such a successful first go, the owner of Hillbillies Ice Hole Bar, located on the frozen waters of Lake Lida, is ready to get back in business.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Lake Lida, MN (WDAY TV) - One of the hottest - or coldest - bars to hit the region during wintertime is one day away from opening its doors for the second year. After such a successful first go, the owner of Hillbillies Ice Hole Bar, located on the frozen waters of Lake Lida, is ready to get back in business.
A rare stop for regulars dropping a line is back for its second season.
Josie Norgren - Owner: "It was fun last year. We had a blast."
A blast that brought a lot of fishermen through the doors of the Ice Hole Bar; men like Dave Tabery looking for a good time and a good drink.
Dave Tabery – Lake Lida Fisherman: "It was full whenever I was there."
Dave and his friends are new neighbors to the Ice Hole's new location.
Dave Tabery: "I enjoy them, I guess."
It’s still on Lake Lida, but away from the shore.
Josie Norgren: "Because we actually wanted to catch fish."
It’s a spot they hope will not only draw more bodies, but more swimmers below the surface.
Dave Tabery: "I think it's better out here, there's more people out this way."
This year not only did the bar move to a more central location in the middle of the lake, it also more than doubled in size, creating more space for fishermen
Josie Norgren: "A whole new house, bigger, better, more bar-themey."
Josie and her crew are screwing in the final touches to get the bar ready for opening day.
Josie Norgren: "We'll have probably five or six kinds of beer and a bunch of different alcohol."
In addition to drinks, they'll also have pre drilled fishing holes; six for customers, and two behind the bar for employees. Even if the walleye aren't biting, you can still reel in some casual conversation, and a cold beverage.
Josie Norgren: "Just a warm place to come and fish if they don't have a fish house and something to drink, something to eat."
Dave Tabery: "It's a nice place to go, get out, warm up once in a while if you wanted to."
The bar opens at 3 Friday afternoon, and will be open the following Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.