A bar and restaurant in Waconia is going for the World's Largest Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar title next month.
The Garage Bar and Bowl, 16 W First St., on Oct. 3 will expand its weekly BYO Bloody Mary bar to include "well over" 100 garnishes, sauces and accoutrements in an attempt to break the World Record Academy record (this is different from the Guinness World Records), a news release says.
Currently, the Silver Grill Cafe in Fort Collins, Colorado, holds the World Record Academy title for making the World's Largest Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar. In 2012, it set the record with 45 garnishes.
If a world record attempt to build the world's largest BYO Bloody Mary bar sounds familiar, it's because The Happy Gnome in St. Paul unofficially broke the record in 2017 with a bar that had 65 garnishes.
The Garage says they're no strangers to the popular brunch beverage that has a "history as deep and savory as its flavor," so its fitting for the restaurant to bring the record home to Minnesota, a news release says.
According to the restaurant, The Garage won the Twin Cities Bloody Mary Festival in 2019 and hosts a BYO Bloody Mary bar every Sunday. It's also been featured in the news for its bloodies, as well as presented a master class in homemade Bloody Mary making for people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Garage owner Dan Madsen told BMTN they decided to go for the record for a few reasons, saying "who doesn't want a world record?"
Madsen also wanted to share their bloody mary with the world and bring attention to the City of Waconia.
"We are a very tight business community, and we hope that having a world record in Waconia will help bring people to town," Madsen said.
The Garage started planning the event about a year ago and they were all set to hold it in early May, "but then the pandemic stripped us of that opportunity," he said.
In order to ensure their world record attempt is official, Madsen has worked closely with the World Record Academy and has retained an attorney who will serve as the official judge at their record attempt, per the guidance from the World Record Academy.
"Once we report our findings and the attorney signs the affidavit (assuming we are successful), that information is sent to the World Record Academy and our record will be made official," Madsen said.
Limited tickets due to COVID
The Garage is working with the Minnesota Department of Health on a final COVID-19 safety plan for the event, Madsen said.
The Garage is requiring reservations and tickets for the event, which will be limited to fewer than 60 people at each seating time on Oct. 3 to adhere to public health guidelines, a news release says.
Each table will go through the bloody mary bar line one at a time, with space between them, and they'll be required to wear a mask, Madsen said. Staff in personal protective equipment will help people plate their garnishes.
"Overall, our intent is to bring our Bloody Mary community together for a fun and friendly event. We believe people really want and need to socialize, reconnect and have something fun to do. We want people to know that we understand this is still an uncertain time, and that we completely understand if people aren't comfortable venturing out or into restaurants for events like this. If someone doesn't feel comfortable or safe, we fully support them in passing on our event. For those that do attend, we will do our best to maintain a safe and fun environment for everyone."
The restaurant will take reservations by table, with four people per table, for $35 a person, which includes the bottomless BYO bloody marys and garnishes during your reservation, as well as a commemorative T-shirt.
To make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 952-442-9999.