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Here's what the solar eclipse will look like from every HopCat location
Troy, BarFly Webmaster | August 15, 2017
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On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will make a once-in-a-generation trek across the continental United States during the course of the afternoon. It is estimated that 200 million people live within a day's drive of the eclipse's path, creating what will likely be one of the biggest tourism events ever.

If you're taking a road trip or already live in an area bracing for the total eclipse, you'll need to eat and drink something, and HopCat's got you covered. (We're looking into whether the term "Beerclipse" has been trademarked.)

We have two locations inside the Path of Totality -- the 70-mile-mile wide band stretching across the U.S. in which the sun will be totally obscured by the moon. Those are in Lincoln, Neb., which is on the northern edge of the path, and Kansas City. Mo., which is on the southern edge. (Our upcoming location in St. Louis, Mo., sits in the path, but won't be open until later this year.)

At its peak time of 1:03 p.m. (CDT), residents and visitors in Lincoln will see the sun 100 percent eclipsed. Or, according to a mapping tool on Vox.com, something like this:

And here's what the view from HopCat Kansas City might look like at its peak time, four minutes later, via Time.com:

Both locations, by the way, open at 11 a.m. -- plenty of time to get situated and order a basket of pre-eclipse Crack Fries -- and feature outdoor seating. (A swanky cabana in KC, actually.) HopCat Lincoln and HopCat Kansas City are hosting Hop Side of the Moon eclipse parties all day Monday. Click here for KC info, here for Lincoln.

There are also eclipse parties at our Kalamazoo, Louisville and Royal Oak locations. (Ironically, Royal Oak is the HopCat furthest outside the Path of Totality at 78.7 percent peak solar obstruction.) Here's a roundup of what the eclipse will look like from each of our locations, ranked in order of proximity and assuming that 1) The weather is ideal for viewing and 2) You have taken all necessary safety precautions when viewing the celestial event. HopCat is not responsible for burned retinas.

-HOPCAT LOUISVILLE (KY) -- Peak time 2:27 p.m. (EDT); 95.8 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? YES.

-HOPCAT LEXINGTON (KY) -- Peak time 2:30 p.m. (EDT); 94.7 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? LIMITED.

-HOPCAT BROAD RIPPLE (Indianapolis) -- Peak time 2:25 p.m. (EDT); 91.1 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? YES.

-HOPCAT CHICAGO -- Peak time 1:20 p.m. (CDT); 86.6 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? NO - We open at 3 p.m. :(  Outdoor seating? NO.

-HOPCAT MADISON -- Peak time 1:15 p.m. (CDT); 85 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? NO.

-HOPCAT MINNEAPOLIS -- Peak time 1:07 p.m. CDT; 83.1 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? YES.

-HOPCAT KALAMAZOO -- Peak time 2:23 p.m. (EDT); 82.7 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? YES.

-HOPCAT GRAND RAPIDS -- Peak time 2:22 p.m. (EDT): 80.7 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? YES.

-HOPCAT ANN ARBOR -- Peak time 2:26 p.m. (EDT); 80.4 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? LIMITED.

-HOPCAT EAST LANSING -- Peak time 2:25 p.m. (EDT); 79.8 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? YES.

-HOPCAT DETROIT -- Peak time 2:28 p.m. (EDT); 79.2 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? NO.

-HOPCAT ROYAL OAK -- Peak time 2:27 p.m. (EDT); 78.7 percent coverage:

Open during eclipse? YES. Outdoor seating? YES.

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