Downtown businesses close amid COVID-19 outbreak, Pub Crawl canceled



J. Michael Bertsch, News and Lifestyles Editor

Kool Beans Coffee and Roasterie and the Brookings Municipal Liquor Store are temporarily closing their doors due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. 

The downtown businesses aren’t the only closing or cancellation. Pub Crawl, one of Brookings’ largest events has also been canceled.

Pub Crawl was scheduled to take place Saturday, March 21. A future date is pending, according to a Facebook post by Skinner’s Pub. 

According to the Kool Beans Coffee and Roasterie Facebook page, though the downtown location will be closed, the Sixth Street location will remain open until future notice. 

This was a very difficult decision to make, but we think it is in the best interest of our customers and employees,” the company said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. 

Kool Beans will continue to offer online ordering and free in-town delivery of coffee beans. 

The Brookings Municipal Liquor Store will also be closing at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and plans to remain closed until 8 a.m. April 6, though this date is subject to change.

The City of Brookings is closing all City facilities, offices and City-operated businesses, including the liquor store. 

The closure of the liquor store will not impact the availability of alcoholic beverages at restaurants and bars in the Brookings area. 

In addition to these closures, several other Brookings establishments have been temporarily shut down and many events have been canceled:

  • Ag First Annual Meeting – Canceled
  • Colman Lutheran Church – Closed
  • First Lutheran Church – Closed
  • Jackrabbit Stampede Rodeo – Canceled
  • Brookings Activity Center – Closed 
  • GAP – Closed
  • Little International – Canceled
  • Brookings County and City Facilities – Closed