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Bluffside Tavern opens new addition

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – La Crosse's Bluffside Tavern has been around since the late 1800s.

Staff said when business is good, there's only elbow room.

So Saturday, the Bluffside opened a new addition.

The tavern now seats and extra 40 people, reaching capacity at 99 patrons, and even installed handicap accessible bathrooms.

Owner Mike Gazeley said they built into the attached storage apartment so the structure did not change.

But because the tavern is in a residential area, it needed to be rezoned as a small business.

"We'll be able to have some smaller parties and we're not going to have seating for 300 or banquets or anything, but we're still going to try to be the same old Bluffside," Gazeley said. "Just the little neighborhood bar where you get a chance to talk to your friends and neighbors."

Gazeley said local companies did all the renovations.

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