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With 45,000 people expected to pack Whistling Straits for the Ryder Cup, businesses in the Sheboygan area are stepping up their game.
The postponed Ryder Cup is the biggest golfing event that Whistling Straits has seen and will attract fans from around the world. For local businesses, it’s an opportunity to show off not only their own food and merchandise, but their Wisconsin pride too.
Here are some of the local offerings.
3 Sheeps Brewing
Fifteen minutes away from Whistling Straits, 3 Sheeps Brewing will host a week-long Ryder Cup event. Six months in the works, the event will include a watch party with specially-brewed beer and golf simulator bays.
“The goal is to make this a really nice, fun, almost tailgate experience,” said Grant Pauly, head brewmaster and co-owner of 3 Sheeps Brewing. “We think we’re putting together a really nice cadre of events and activities, and hopefully some great beer.”
A one-day ticket for the event is $60 and a four-day pass is $100.
Their taproom will also be open daily and no ticket is required.
Hours and location: 12 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at 1837 North Ave.
Johnsonville Marketplace, which opened 11 months ago, will offer free samples of sausages and is selling Wisconsin-pride gift baskets and special sausage t-shirts to root on Team USA.
“We’re really proud to show off Wisconsin and the great products, food products especially, that are made here,” said Stephanie Dlugopolski, Johnsonville Marketplace spokeswoman.
In anticipation of the crowds, the store has extended hours during the week, and its backyard patio will be open for fans looking to escape the crowd.
The marketplace is also a good place for visitors looking to get a Wisconsin souvenir.
“We definitely have ordered more product in anticipation of people wanting to maybe bring a little bit of Wisconsin back home with them,” said Dlugopolski.
Hours and location: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday at N6877 Rio Rd.
The Blind Horse
Also in Sheboygan, the Blind Horse Restaurant and Winery will offer live music on its patio Wednesday through Saturday. The patio is first come, first serve and Tom Nye, general manager of the Blind Horse, believes it will be one of the only places with seats available.
“I’ve never seen anything close to this,” said Nye. “Two years ago we had already sold out of most of our private space.”
With the rise of Delta variant COVID-19, some business owners like Nye have taken steps to ensure the safety of staff and visitors ahead of the busy week. Last October, it was the first restaurant in the United States to install Far-UVC 222 light technology that kills bacteria and viruses.
“We are ready for this,” said Nye. “We’re uniquely qualified for what’s about to happen next week”.
Hours and location: Patio 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 6018 Superior Ave.
Harry’s Prohibition Bistro
On the Sheboygan lakefront, Harry’s Prohibition Bistro is expecting to stay open longer than usual next week to accommodate the rush of people. They are not taking reservations, so it’s walk-in only.
“We’re expecting a lot of hungry people after playing 18 holes or watching the 18 holes,” said manager Adrian Latifi.
The bistro offers indoor and patio seating with house-made drinks, wine and Versace Pizza Napoletana, or “true Neapolitan pizza.”
Hours and location: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 668 South Pier Dr.