Welcome, Fat Belly Bowls and Burritos
Luke Danger Boss, Ryan Dimmitt and Sam Lindsley have combined their restaurant experience to open Fat Belly Bowls and Burritos: a fun, approachable, fast-and-fresh food option in Sister Bay that’s focused on burritos.
“The name and logo were a collaboration of all of our ideas that snowballed into what it is today,” Lindsley said. “Originally we were thinking of calling it Belly Up, so that’s why all of the animals are upside down.”
Customers can customize their burrito choice as a bowl or classic wrap with a rice base, protein option and flavor style.
“During the first few days of being open, the most popular item has been the chicken thigh served Asado style, which features a sweet corn salsa, pickled red onion, avocado, salsa roja, salsa verde and a lime crema,” Lindsley said.
The restaurant has limited indoor seating but offers a great deck and outdoor area. For drink options, guests will find wine and a great selection of beer – canned and on draft. Hours are daily, 11 am – 8 pm, except Wednesday. See the menu at fatbellybowls.com; online ordering will be added soon.
New Name: Harbor Frozen Custard
The frozen-goodies shop in Baileys Harbor previously known as Custard’s Last Stan is now Harbor Frozen Custard. It continues to serve frozen treats and carries on the tradition of a small-town ice cream parlor, which is what the building was 100 years ago, when you could buy 5¢ cones and 15¢ sundaes. The menu has now expanded to serve fresh coffee, homemade pies and pastries, made-to-order sub sandwiches, and candy by the pound.
Wanda Jean’s Carhop
A family restaurant in Sturgeon Bay has adopted a classic diner service that merited revisiting during the time of Safer at Home and now beyond: the carhop. Wanda Jean’s Family Restaurant did not have a drive-through to use while the dining rooms were closed, prompting management and staff to get creative.
They began offering drive-up ordering through vehicle windows for takeout or to dine in the parking lot with carhop trays.
“We thought, we have all these windows, so why not make it a carhop and create a simple, fast service,” said owner Wanda Hilsabeck, “and be able to cook their order and serve it faster – and healthier – than the fast-food drive-through? People love the experience. For some it brings back memories of first dates, others of happier times, and kids because they get to eat in the car.”
To use the carhop service, just pull into one of the marked parking spaces, review the menu posted on the window or at wandajeansfamilyrestaurant.com, and a server will be right out to take your order.
Taco Cerveza Is Back
The COVID-19 pandemic hit all restaurateurs hard, but those who own multiple eateries found the challenge to be even more daunting.
Mike Holmes, owner of Wickman House and Trixie’s, initially thought his other restaurant, Taco Cerveza, could carry him through. The walk-up taqueria is almost tailor made for the new dining ground rules because it offers only outdoor seating, so it wouldn’t require reconfiguration.
“But then there’s the little problem of the highway reconstruction this year,” Holmes said. So “Tacos,” as it’s known to many, was put on hold.
Now the highway is opening up, and Taco Cerveza is, too, serving Friday – Monday, 11 am – 4 pm.