Rick’s American Café is the latest bar in East Lansing to reopen its doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Rick’s will open on Wednesday night with a limited capacity for the first time since closing in March. The dance floor will be covered with tables and chairs. Lines will be prohibited and customers will have to reserve their spots using the LineLeap app. The Riv will reopen Thursday at 4 p.m. using the same app.
“I woke up at 9 a.m. just to be prepared to reserve my spot. I heard they sold out within three minutes,” said Jack Bulson, MSU sophomore.
Bars were in doubt to re-open after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared Michigan in a state of emergency under the 1976 Emergency Management act and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act in April, however, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday that Whitmer lacked the authority to do this.
This decision allows bars in East Lansing to re-open.
With football season fast approaching, Michigan State football will play its first game at home against Rutgers at noon Oct. 24.
“I really hope they relax the rules for the football game next weekend. The bars were one of the best parts of gameday last year,” said Elijah Hedges, MSU junior.
The Riv’s management company, Equity Vest Incorporated, declined to comment.