Snowmobile season is on, and one of the most popular paths runs right through Shawano.
“You get snow and ice, it’s like sun in the summertime,” said Jeff Stachowiak, owner of the Bamboo Bar off of Shawano Lake.
The Mountain Bay Trail is open to snowmobilers for the first time in a few years because we finally got enough snow.
And businesses are noticing a bit of a boom.
“Well, it’s like night and day,” he said. “It’s amazing what business comes into the community.”
He says the amount of customers coming in on Saturdays has doubled.
And other bar owners are seeing similar success.
“Oh, absolutely. I mean, I look out of the kitchen window and snowmobilers are going by all the time, so the trails are very busy right now,” said Diane Nolan, GM of Lumberyard Bar and Grill.
The snow-covered trails are leading many snowmobilers into restaurants they would not have checked out, or even heard of, otherwise.
“You just meet a lot of nice people,” she said. “They’re friendly people and everybody that comes in is very happy.”
Happy no matter the drive time.
We found a pair of snowmobilers who followed a trail all the way north from Two Rivers–125 miles of snowmobiling bliss.
And at the Lumberyard Bar, they’re setting personal records.
“I have to go after more hamburger,” said Nolan. “This is the first time I ever ran out of burgers, so that’s what I have to do today.”