Downtown restaurant reopens for first time in almost three months

The outside of The Sandwich Bar Thursday morning.
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Sandwich Bar has been a part of downtown Casper for years and had been closed since the pandemic began. Days before its closure hit three months, it reopened.

"It was tough to come back and get through that but we have, and the response has just been outstanding on social media, people calling to see if we're open, business has been increasing every day," said The Sandwich Bar Owner, Stan Fairbank.

Fairbank said when you put a lot of time into a place, it's rewarding to hear people say they are glad to see you back. He said while they were closed, he still had to cover utilities but his landlord didn't charge him for rent during the closure.

"I was real fortunate that the landlord I've been with eight years, and they told me that I didn't have to pay rent while we were closed during that time. I'd already paid for one month so we got that relief," said Fairbank.

Fairbank said relief also came from state programs and that money has helped with purchasing food as they get back up and running, and help with rent. He said it's no surprise that the sandwich shop has received the community's support and it's always been that way.

"The community's been really supportive as they have with all the businesses and stuff downtown with everything going on. I think that it's just been great," said Fairbank.

Fairbank was able to bring back three of his four employees and right now, they are taking business one day at a time.