BLOOMINGTON — The Schooners' kitchen is getting a new look, but the bar is open and cold sandwiches, soups and chili are available, said owner Bob Groetken.
“The kitchen is getting old and needs a facelift,” Groetken said. “We are putting in some new equipment, some new flooring, and we need to make it more efficient.”
The project is expected to cost about $150,000. The restaurant at 810 E. Grove St. opened in 1986.
Work started Monday and should be finished in about a week, Groetken said. A new exhaust system will be installed, and three fryers and an oven/grill top will be added.
“We waited until after the Super Bowl to start it, and February is always a good time to do some work like this,” he said. “As long as we don’t get any major snow storms before then, we should be able to get it done by early next week.”
Customers shouldn’t be affected by the renovation work, although the kitchen menu will be extremely limited.
Schooners is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.