Bits and Bites: Prince of Pierogi Plans Grand Opening

Prince of Pierogi Opens in Ephraim

Ephraim is now home to the “only Polish restaurant in Door County dedicated to pierogi: Poland’s most iconic comfort food.” Located in the Shorewood Village Shops on Water Street, the new restaurant will offer outdoor dining and takeout starting May 26. 

Pierogi – filled dumplings with sweet or savory fillings – will play the starring role on the menu, with additional traditional Polish items such as homemade cabbage rolls, Polish sausage, hunter’s stew and more.

Guests will enjoy a casual, relaxed atmosphere accented by memorable Eastern European décor. If you have yet to sample authentic Polish food paired with an imported lager, now’s the perfect time. 

Door 44 Debuts Frosting Wine Trio

Door 44 is now offering the Frosting family: a new set of sweet dessert wines that feature grape varietals grown in the Upper Midwest. 

“Red Frosting is made from the Frontenac grape; White Frosting is made from the La Crescent grape; and Pink Frosting is made from the Frontenac Gris grape,” said winemaker and co-owner Steve Johnson.

The trio was crafted to be ultra-aromatic with rich sweetness, so the wines can be “dessert in a glass.” Johnson said he and his wife, Maria, are thrilled to “release these long-awaited dessert wines for several reasons. They are not only affordable, but also very approachable. The Frosting series of wines is going to be something for not only wine lovers but for those who are new to wine and love rich and sweet flavors.”

Wickman House’s Summer of BBQ

From Wickman House’s Facebook business page.

With social distancing still a part of the foreseeable future, the Wickman House is opening in a completely new fashion this season: as Wickman’s Summer of BBQ. After acquiring a new smoker, the Ellison Bay restaurant began its season by offering authentic, wood-fired barbeque meals paired with farm-to-table classic sides, cocktail kits and wine options to go. 

Plans for the next phase of reopening will most likely include outdoor dining on the expansive grounds, but the first priority is keeping staff and customers safe. 

“We want more than anything to offer you the whole experience you have come to know and love from us,” said a note on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “Until then, we will continue to focus on bringing you the best of Wickman House through curbside pickup.” 

Bridge Up Brewing Launches New Tap Room

From Bridge Up Brewing’s Facebook business page.

Bridge Up Brewing planned to open its newly completed, 1,000-square-foot brewery and taproom to customers May 20. 

Located in the lower level of Sonny’s Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay, the new space features barnwood from around the county, a bar that seats up to 10, several tables and a lounge section with comfortable couches and chairs. Patrons will regularly be able to choose from eight to 10 beers. 

Previously, brewery customers went to Sonny’s bar area and mixed with pizza customers awaiting a table, “but with the new taproom, they will get that true brewery taproom experience,” said head brewer Trent Snyder.

Sturgeon Bay Considers ‘Entertainment Zone’ 

Destination Sturgeon Bay has explored the feasibility of using public, on-street parking spaces for additional dining and retail space. These “parklets” would lessen the impact of reduced indoor seating as businesses reopen. 

Photo from the Facebook page update of Spencer Gustafson, District 4.

The proposal intends to encourage creative use of Sturgeon Bay’s 3rd Avenue area. Weekdays from June 15 to Sept.15, designated spaces on 3rd Avenue would be converted to parklets for expanded retail and dining space. On weekends, the two lanes of traffic would be closed. The goal is to entice residents and visitors to explore Sturgeon Bay and have experiences that are not found elsewhere on the peninsula. 

The Sturgeon Bay Community Protection and Services Committee has discussed the proposal, and it will move to the Common Council for consideration.