Restaurant & Other Business Updates: NEW: The SweetSpot Cafe & The SweetSpot Bakehouse

The following invitation was posted by the Banner on May 25: “The Banner does not normally include announcements regarding businesses. However, we have done so during the “Safer at Home” order, and we recognize the ongoing challenges as businesses continue to reopen. Consequently we are happy to announce that for the next several weeks we will include a continuously updated article for business updates. Owners/managers are welcome to submit information for our review and consideration for posting. We encourage mentioning any steps that you are taking in an effort to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission to your staff and customers. Among the items that restaurants may wish to include is if they are offering curbside pickup and/or delivery. The Banner may be reached at whitewaterbanner@gmail.com.” As of the evening of June 10, the following submissions have been received.

The SweetSpot Bakehouse & The SweetSpot Cafe
[Whitewater, WI, JUNE 10, 2020] – The SweetSpot Bakehouse and The SweetSpot Cafe are
excited to announce official reopening dates, June 16 and June 17. The reopening dates have
been set based on the latest information from Wisconsin DHS which has reported a 14-day
downward trajectory in COVID-19 cases for the State.
Both locations of The SweetSpot (Bakehouse at 1185 W. Main Street and Cafe at 226 W.
Whitewater Street) closed to the public before the Safer At Home Order was put in place. The
safety of the staff and customers of The SweetSpot were the driving factor in the decision to
close and central to the plan to reopen.
The Bakehouse, on West Main Street, is set to reopen on Tuesday, June 16, and will operate
Tuesdays through Saturdays from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Orders may be picked up curbside, in
the front of the building, or through the drive-thru window.
The Cafe, in downtown Whitewater, will reopen on Wednesday, June 17, and will be open
Wednesdays through Sundays, 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The SweetSpot team is installing a
walk-up window counter at the front of the building to allow for outdoor pickup of orders.
The
team will also meet cars curbside when requested.
At both locations, there will be no indoor service or seating for the time being. Customers will be
encouraged to order ahead of time online or by phone.
Both locations will also be following strict
safety and health guidelines to protect the SweetSpot team and customers. These guidelines
include heightened sanitation, mask use by employees, and new sick-day policies including the
addition of paid sick days. We are also encouraging all customers to use contactless payment
methods, wear masks when picking up orders, and maintain 6 feet of distance from other
customers and our staff when possible.
Any bakery orders that were previously placed for pickup during the time the Bakehouse was
closed have been handled individually and either rescheduled or refunded as needed. The
Bakehouse has resumed taking special orders and orders for cakes but is limiting the number of
cakes that can be made weekly. Cake orders can be placed on the website,
www.sweetspotwhitewater.com.
The SweetSpot would like to thank their customers for their support and patience during this
time. Look for more updates, including the launch of The SweetSpot’s online menu, on
Facebook and their website in the coming day

Willow Brook Golf Course: Golfing hours are 7 a.m. until dusk.  Tee times should still be made in advance over the phone at  262-473-3305.  Bar hours are 7 a.m. until close.  We are serving are normal pub menu and are hoping to get our Friday Fish Fry going by the end of June.  Leagues available, junior golf available, etc.  Motorized golf carts are available for rent, as well as pull carts and they are all sanitized in between uses.  We are still taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. 

SSM Health Dean Medical Group: Beginning June 15, SSM Health Dean Medical Group – Whitewater will resume clinical operations that were temporarily relocated as part of SSM Health’s COVID-19 response. The clinic is located at 1305 West Main Street, Whitewater, where staff and providers are excited to welcome patients for both in-person and telehealth visits. We truly appreciate the community’s patience and understanding over the past several weeks as our Whitewater team cared for patients from the Fort Atkinson location.

We are open M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are seeing patients for all services at this time including annual physicals, chronic disease management as well as acute care. We continue to offer telemedicine services (such as phone and video visits). Family members are able to accompany patients to visits of course when it is helpful and necessary for the care of the patient. 

Please know that the health and safety of our staff, providers, patients and community remains our number one priority. As we resume services and move closer to full operations across the Wisconsin region, all clinics will continue to follow our established safety precautions including:
•       Visitor restrictions to limit non-essential traffic in our facilities
•       Entrance screening for all patients, visitors and staff at our facilities
•       Adherence to all CDC guidelines and protocols regarding appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for providers and staff
•       Requiring all patients, visitors and staff to wear masks or other face coverings when they enter our facilities
•       Enhanced cleaning/disinfection processes
•       Plexiglass barriers at check-in and registration to ensure appropriate distancing
•       Realigned waiting room seating to ensure appropriate physical distancing

The Whitewater providers are very excited to return to their home site and are very appreciative of our patients’ understanding and patience during the time we practiced in Fort Atkinson. Our displacement has made us even more appreciative of what a great community we have in Whitewater. If you have specific questions about your health or need to schedule an in-person or telehealth visit, please call us at (262) 473-4548.

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Dale’s Bootery has reopened for instore shopping. We have implemented safety precautions to keep our staff and customers safe, including a redesigned floor plan to aid in social distancing and temporarily requiring facemasks.
For those that aren’t ready for the instore experience, we offer curbside delivery or free shipping on purchases over $150. Give us a call or visit us at dalesbootery.com for online shopping. Please note that due to various restrictions not all brands are shown. We appreciate the support we received while closed and look forward to seeing all of our friends soon. Stay healthy!

Jessica’s Family Restaurant is now open for dine-in customers. We are using all 3 dining rooms, so we can social distance our customers. We have disinfected the restaurant and continue to clean after every customer. We continue to have take-out and curbside deliveries for our customers who would rather eat at home. We will continue to have our daily specials for both dine-in and carryout. Jessica’s would like to thank the community for their continuing support during these ever changing times.

Rick’s Eastside Pub and Grill:. Please note that we are back open M-Thur 11am-12am, Fri & Sat. 11am-2:30 am, and Sun 11am-10pm.  Our dining room is open with limited seating & social distancing. We are continually sanitizing everything (door handles, tables, pens, chairs, etc.) to make sure your experience is safe. We don’t have any outdoor seating, but if you prefer you’re welcome to bring a card table and chairs in order to eat in the parking lot! Curbside is also available and payment can be made when ordering over the phone. 262-473-9879

The SweetSpot Cafe and The SweetSpot Bakehouse are working hard to prepare for reopening at a future date, yet to be determined. The reopening date will be based on the latest information from the CDC and Wisconsin DHS and is informed by the original Badger Bounce Back Plan for nonessential businesses as announced by the State of Wisconsin in April.

Both locations of The SweetSpot (Cafe at 226 W. Whitewater Street and Bakehouse at 1185 W. Main Street) closed to the public before the Safer at Home Order was put in place. The safety of the staff and customers of The SweetSpot were the driving factor in the decision to close and are central to the plan to reopen. Due to the sudden reopening of other businesses and activities in the state, The SweetSpot is using an abundance of caution in planning the reopening of their two locations.

In the meantime, management is working diligently during the locations’ closures to update the already rigorous sanitation and hygiene standards and implement new policies and procedures to promote the safety of customers and staff. These changes include online ordering, contactless payment methods, reduced hours and menu options, and the addition of outdoor walk-up service where possible.

The top priority of the SweetSpot has always been to bring a friendly and safe experience to customers, and the resolve to do that is stronger now than ever before. The SweetSpot team is hard at work to raise the bar of hygiene and sanitation, as well as considering every step of the ordering process to ensure needs can be met in a focused and safe manner.

In addition to having a completed plan for safe reopening, The SweetSpot is looking for a two-week downward trend in the rate of new cases of COVID-19 in Southeastern Wisconsin. Once this milestone is reached, the plan for safe reopening will be implemented and a reopening date will be announced.

Any bakery orders that were previously placed for pickup during this time are being handled individually and either rescheduled or refunded as needed. Customers with questions about previous or future cake orders are encouraged to leave a message on the Bakehouse phone (262-458-2401) or send an email to karen@sweetspotwhitewater.com

The SweetSpot would like to thank the many customers who have supported the business through the purchase of gift cards or by sending encouraging notes. Co-Owner, Lacey Reichwald, says, “the true product of The SweetSpot is not coffee or cupcakes or sandwiches, but the sense of community and fellowshiop that our customers and team provide. While we can’t gather in-person to celebrate that sense of community, it still exists and we are so grateful to be a part of it. We are eager to open our doors when it is safe to gather again.”

Look for more updates on the planned reopening of The SweetSpot on their Facebook pages and their website (www.sweetspotwhitewater.com) in the coming weeks.

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