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‘Gr8 Comeback’: Slippery Noodle Inn hopes to bring live music fans ‘back downtown’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — As one of the oldest staples in the city, The Slippery Noodle Inn knows a thing or two about sticking around. From adult drinks, to food, to live music, Indiana’s longest standing bar has lasted since 1850. However, they say nothing has threatened their ability to stay open like the COVID-19 pandemic.

General manager Marty Bacon has been a part of the business since 1991 when he came on board as a bouncer. He talked Friday about the challenges COVID-19 presents.

“We’re having to rewrite the playbook,” Bacon said. “We’ve never seen anything like this and every week, every two weeks, it seems like there’s a different slant to what’s going on and we got to be flexible and figure it out. It’s a fine line we gotta walk between being safe and being profitable.”

Bacon says the bar needs the community’s support now more than ever, and above everything else, he wants to reassure people that he’s keeping customers’ safety in mind.

“People are wearing masks, people are social distancing,” he said. “We’re doing everything by the guidelines that we can to make it safe for people to come downtown.”

The Slippery Noodle Inn is open Wednesday through Saturday and still hosting live bands in its outdoor venue.