Business Update includes Baymont Inn, Grunzolio Pizzeria, and White Elephant

By Lynn Binnie
Whitewater Banner volunteer staff

The Baymont Inn, 1355 W. Main Street, has been closed for several months, reportedly due to decreased business due to COVID-19. The Banner was told by Kellie Carper of Discover Whitewater that the last she had heard was that the hotel planned to reopen on May 1. An employee at Super 8, which is under the same ownership, could not confirm that date but said he thought it was still the plan. The hotel’s website is showing availability beginning on May 1.

Grunzolio Pizzeria has recently opened at 108 S. Fremont Street. It’s no coincidence that it’s located behind the dental office of Bart Kraus, D.D.S., as Dr. Kraus owns the pizza restaurant and is currently its primary chef. Dr. Kraus indicates that he’s always wanted to have a pizza place, and since his dental office has been closed during the pandemic, this seemed like the ideal time. There is a small amount of seating, but currently there is carryout only. The website is and the phone is 262-771-5407. Current hours are 2-7 p.m., seven days a week.

Probably most everyone knows that Walmart, 1362 W. Main Street, is undergoing major renovations. New signage is being proposed for both the pylon sign by Main Street as well as on the building. The Plan and Architectural Review Commission is considering the wall signs at its meeting on Monday, April 12. The Banner will provide an update as available regarding the renovation, including the self-service checkouts.

The White Elephant antique store, a longtime fixture at 183 W. Main Street, has closed. However, another business purchased the inventory and is currently liquidating it. The Banner was told that all merchandise is offered at 90% off, unless the price says ‘firm.’ The next open day is planned to be Thursday, April 15, tentatively 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. It was indicated that it’s uncertain what the schedule will be thereafter, including how much longer the business will be open.

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