How a Kohler Restaurant Is Using New Light Technology for Safer Indoor Dining

Blind Horse Restaurant & Winery is using light to help fight the spread of pathogens and viruses.

The Blind Horse Restaurant & Winery (6028 Superior Ave, Kohler, 920-467-8599) has been teasing its news on Facebook for the last week or so – the installation of state-of-the-art light technology to make the space safer for indoor dining.

Now the news is official. The Blind Horse claims to be the first restaurant in the United States to install Far-UVC 222 light technology to provide “real-time mitigation of harmful pathogens and viruses,” per a press release from the 8-year-old restaurant.  

These sanitization measures are being installed throughout the restaurant this month. According to the press release, “Far-UVC 222 light technology provides an additional layer of critical protection for staff and guests.” This is along with other safety initiatives that have been put into place at the property. 

Photo courtesy of Blind Horse Winery
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The press release mentions a “growing library of evidence and peer-reviewed papers” that “demonstrate that Far-UVC 222 is as effective or more effective than conventional UVC light at inactivating pathogens including viruses and bacteria. The most recent and compelling study, published in June of this year by researchers at Columbia University, is a powerful testament to the technology’s safety and efficacy, including against coronaviruses. As one of the world’s leading UVC researchers noted, Far-UVC 222 nm light ‘can be safely used in occupied public spaces … [and] it kills pathogens in the air before we can breathe them in.’ ”

“We are excited to deploy this technology and to obtain the added peace of mind it will provide. The installation comes at an especially critical time for restaurants in the Midwest and throughout the country as outdoor dining ceases to be a viable option and diners head indoors,” says the Blind Horse’s winemaker, Thomas Nye. 

Photo courtesy of Blind Horse Winery

The Blind Horse – located on seven acres of a former family farm – claims to have experienced minimal impact on overall business because of the measures it has put into place. 

Besides the light technology, these include the following:

  • Additional real-time mitigation support on property with the installation of two BigAssFans Clean Air System
  • Shock & Shield Protection Program by Milwaukee’s Green Up Solutions incorporating ultraviolet light treatment and antimicrobial protection 90-day treatment plan (third application set for November)
  • Nightly ozone treatment of all indoor spaces
  • Operating indoor air filters
  • Increased outdoor seating capacity on the property’s expansive outdoor landscape and adding pop-up tents (available for by reservation)
  • Servers will be wearing copper woven masks providing another layer of antimicrobial protection for customers and employees
  • Staff are participating in ServSafe’s COVID-19 training
Photo courtesy of Blind Horse Winery

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.