“A chance to experience firsthand the welcoming hospitality of South Dakota and of Hill City.” The Heart of the Hills gets rally-ready

HILL CITY, S.D.– As the rally draws near and riders are already making their way into the Black Hills just days before the kickoff, cities and towns are just about ready for the temporary population boom.

Motorcycles Line The Streets Of Hill City As The Rally Draws NearIn Hill City, many businesses have already began welcoming attendees from all over the country and world.

“They have started to come a little bit earlier and earlier, just because they want to experience the beauty and the glory of the hills,” Hill City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janet Wetovick-Bily said. “And they also get a chance to experience firsthand the welcoming hospitality of South Dakota and of Hill City.”

Over at the Hill City Café for example, changes to the menu are in progress. Rather than lunch, the restaurant will be serving a breakfast buffet for riders on their way through the Black Hills. Regular menu options will also still be available.

And with food, of course, comes drinks.

For the last two years, the café has been working to make a new bar and observation feature for the restaurant. This year, the One Mile of Hell Bar is ready to go. Along with the open-air seating area for visitors to enjoy a drink with a prime view of the sights and sounds of motorcycles cruising down Main Street.

“Hill City is like a little Sturgis, it seems. This whole street is usually filled up with bikes,” Hill City Café’s Daniel Houska said. “But the bar as you can see, it has a garage-door open window. And you are looking outside at all of the bikes, you are hearing everybody.”

Houska’s sister Patricia has been the owner of the Hill City Café for more than 20 years. From the recipes to even the work and installation of the brand-new observation window, she has been a crucial part of the restaurant, with brother Daniel in to provide extra support to accommodate for the influx of visitors.

Similarly, The Mangy Moose Saloon is also taking advantage of their outdoor arrangements, which can be standing-room only during the big event.

Once the event starts, plans are to also open a secondary bar outside to keep business flowing.

Owner Jessica Jacobs has owned the place for only two years, but has been incredibly proactive in preparation. Basing her drink options on last year she has ordered the same amount of alcohol but with more sought-after brands of tequila and whiskies, she says.

As for food, Jacobs and her staff have been working on a brand-new menu specifically for the rally, which has some more shareable options.

“We have a lot of different kinds of nachos we are going to do during the rally. We have a lobster roll, which is a sandwich that is really good that we will do,” Jacobs said.

Among her tequila options, this year will include a very special big-ticket bottle ordered especially for the rally.

“We will actually have a bottle of Clase Azul Ultra, which is a pretty hard-to-get tequila.”

Hill City, itself has resources and maps available through Black Hills and Badlands, which even feature motorcycle-specific roads based on skill level of riders. They will also have a bike wash available in the parking lot of the First Interstate Bank building on Main Street.

However, the rally is most importantly about having a good time, which is already underway for many.

“A lot of bikers come to experience each other’s bikes, to look at the beauty and detailing on the bikes, but they are also here for camaraderie and just to have fun,” Wetovick-Bily said. “And as well as to ride the beautiful Black Hills.”

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