A new shuttle from Gabe’s Roadhouse in Como Park has started coming to the arches.
Nick Wozniak, whose family owns Gabe’s Roadhouse, saw how successful game-day shuttles were and decided to expand to local college campuses. Before Gabe’s could do this, the restaurant had to buy a shuttle because renting one was too expensive.
“Since we purchased our own bus, we were able to have that luxury of kind of going anywhere we wanted and doing anything we wanted because we own the bus,” Wozniak said.
Hamline was the only school that Gabe’s initially targeted for College ID Night Thursdays. There wasn’t much interest at Hamline, so Gabe’s decided to expand to more schools and used social media to do so, Wozniak said. Now students are not only showing up Thursdays, but they also are helping run the bar and restaurant by bouncing, bartending, and disc jockeying.
“I think [social media] really played a big role in it, and helped to get a whole bunch of people in here,” Wozniak said. “The first week we were surprised with how many people were here and then it just built and built.”
No more shuttle to Tiff’s
Blake Montpetit, whose family owns Tiffany Sports Lounge, said the bar’s bus would not shuttle students from the arches to Tiff’s every Thursday. The bus will be there on major event days, such as for homecoming and the Thursday before Halloween, Montpetit said.
Some students are disappointed with this change.
“It’s too bad that the Tiffany’s shuttle won’t run every Thursday night anymore,” said senior Ale Wicka. “I’m glad that Gabe’s is around because it brings some variety to Thursday nights, but eventually more students are going to go back to Tiff’s and Plum’s and it would be nice to have that shuttle as an option.”
Gabe’s turnout may “level out a bit”
Gabe’s has been popular recently with many students who were once regulars at Tiff’s and Plum’s, but some students don’t think Gabe’s is going to be the only place to be Thursday nights.
“I think at some point [the number of students coming to Gabe’s] is going to level out a bit, but Gabe’s has established itself as a new option for Thursday nights,” said senior Tyler Villaume, who is the DJ at Gabe’s.
According to Wozniak, Gabe’s recent success is based on much more than a free shuttle and drink specials. He said It’s also the expansive layout of the bar that everyone likes. There is a front bar, a back bar and a dance floor.
“It gives people variety, and I think that’s why a lot of people like it and keep coming back,” Wozniak said.
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