Local bars open early for Huskie fans

By R. Scott Lohman

For those who want to start Homecoming festivities early on Saturday, some of the local bars open at 6 a.m.

Amnesia, Andy’s Tap, J.P Hannagan’s, Lord Stanley’s Bar and Grill and Otto’s are some of the bars who are partaking in the early-bird hours that are becoming a DeKalb tradition.

The owners of these bars each expect a very large turnout on Saturday.

Joe Walsh, owner of J.P. Hannagan’s, 1215 Blackhawk Road, said turnout in the past has been very good. He said he’s very “surprised so many people show up at six in the morning.”

In fact, in the past there has been a “line for people waiting to get in,” Walsh said.

He also said this is a good event because “everyone will be having a good day.”

Walsh, who is a ‘74 graduate of NIU, said it’s great because he gets to see old employees, old customers and old friends.

In addition to the 6 a.m. opening, Hannagan’s will feature free sausage and free eggs. Bloody Marys also will be featured.

Amnesia, 1000 W. Lincoln Hwy., also will have a free breakfast buffet, including scrambled eggs, hash browns, baked ham and biscuits, said Mike Carpenter, manager/owner of the nightclub.

Carpenter said people have a good time and Amnesia is close enough to Huskie Stadium for people just to walk there to see the big game.

“This is one of our main events of the year,” Carpenter said. He also said he expects it will be busy all day long.

Carpenter, who also owns Molly’s Eatery and Drinkery, 1022 W. Lincoln Hwy., said Molly’s will open its doors at 8 a.m. and will have coffee and rolls in addition to the Bloody Mary specials.

Otto’s also will open at 6 a.m. and will feature music from Hairball Willy and Earth Rock.