Back to business: Belfield restaurant and bar resumes operation

Burly Roughrider Bar and Steakhouse in Belfield, ND. (Photo courtesy of Burly Roughrider)

Burly’s Roughrider Bar and Steakhouse in Belfield, N.D., has reopened following negative test results for all returning employees. With staff testing negative for the coronavirus, the mainstay of Belfield is officially back to business and once again open to the public.

The restaurant initially closed its doors after two of the owner's family members tested positive for COVID-19 after a family gathering over the Fourth of July weekend.

Despite rumors to the contrary circulating in Belfield about the closure of the facility, none of the employees or owners tested positive. The move to suspend operations temporarily was one that was made to go above and beyond what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were requiring.

Following the temporary closure, owners Nathan and Rhoda Dutchak opted to have each of the 20 to 25 staff members tested for the virus before reopening. Both the co-owners and staff tested negative for the virus prompting an immediate reopening on Thursday, July 16.

“It was just relieving,” Nathan Dutchak said. “I just felt obligated to have everybody tested to ease minds that everybody that works in that establishment tested negative.”


Nathan Dutchak said the bar is back to its normal hours and schedule, open Monday through Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 a.m., with the restaurant portion of the establishment being open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekend.

While the bar is re-opened, Nathan Dutchak said the company will continue to monitor for the virus but will not require masks for employees or patrons

“It’s really not up to us, it’s really up to the customers,” he said. “We’re still cleaning our tables and our menus, and everything we can to help sanitize everything that’s really what we’re doing.”

While Nathan and Rhoda Dutchak are happy with reopening their establishment, they give credit to the community for keeping them in high spirits during their temporary closure.

“It feels good just to know the community is behind us,” Nathan Dutchak said. “We’re looking forward to serving new customers, serving our regular customers and looking forward to serving people our special on the weekends which is prime rib.”

For more information, contact Burly’s Roughrider Bar and Steakhouse at 701-575-4129, or message them on the Burly’s Roughrider Bar and Steakhouse Facebook page.

A previous story concerning the closure of the bar featured a cutline to a photo which incorrectly identified that an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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