Sardine, a French-inspired bistro in Madison's Machinery Row, opened its doors to the public for the first time since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Owners John Gadau and Phillip Hurley were excited and ready to welcome back diners at 50% capacity, which let them ease in after the year-plus closure. As general manager Susan Schueller to the small crowd waiting outside the doors, a cheer went up, and everyone applauded.
It was, as one patron observed, the happiest room in Madison that night.
Note: Coming soon, The Corner Table podcast will be introducing a new five-episode limited series about the reopening of Sardine.