BRIDGMAN, MICH. - A lot of Chicago Cubs fans woke up bleary-eyed, after staying up Wednesday night to watch the final out, delivering the Cubs their first World Series Championship in 108 years.
Many Cubs fans in West Michigan, and from the eastside of the state, traveled far to a small bar & restaurant in the community of Bridgman, which is in Berrien County just south of Benton Harbor.
When you pull into the parking lot, you almost feel like your driving on the field at Wrigley. Large action cut-outs of present and past players almost serve as ushers as patrons approach the front door. There's real ivy growing on the outside walls of the restaurant, resembling the famous ivy that grows on the outfield walls at Wrigley Field. There's a set of bleacher seats to sit in, and there's even ceramic goat positioned out front, so Cub fans can pause before they enter and get their picture with the animal that baseball lore states started the infamous 'curse' that prevented the Cubs from getting back to the World Series since 1945.
Once you open the door and venture inside the bar, you literally feel like you were teleported to the north side of Chicago. Cubs imagery is everywhere. Several autographed pictures decorate the walls. Every table has Cubs logos on them, and hung on one of the walls is a giant Wrigley Field scoreboard.
"The Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar has been open for business in Bridgman for more than three decades, but this year's World Series run by the Cubs has been unbelievable for business," said Thomas Ackerman, owner. "This place has been packed for every single playoff game.
"Last night, the atmosphere could not be topped."
When Ackerman says 'last night', he's referring to Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - the night the Chicago Cubs erased 108-years of failure and heartbreak, and finally delivered a World Series championship.
"This place was electric," said Ackerman. "I'm sure we were at fire code capacity with the amount of people we had inside here."
Thursday afternoon, things had calmed down at the 'Getaway', but people still trickled in for lunch, some drinks and a chance to snag a slice of some Wrigleyville atmosphere.
"We came all the way down from Saugatuck," said Susan McDermott, a life-long Cubs fan. "We wanted to be a part of the experience. This was the place to be last night, and we couldn't make it.
"We can walk around wearing our Cubs hats and shirts with pride now," said Tracy Paquin, who also made the trip to Bridgman from Saugatuck. "We just want to continue the excitement."
The Cubs season may be over, but the celebration is far from over at the Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar. The establishment is hosting a championship celebration Saturday, November 5 beginning at 8:00 p.m. There's no cover charge to get in, but Ackerman is asking that people who choose to come and join wear some sort of Cubs apparel.
The Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar is located at 9489 Red Arrow Hwy. in Bridgman, Michigan.
If you have any further questions, you can call the Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar at this number 269- 465-5932
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