THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1576

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THE WAKKER WEEKLY

Issue #1576 – Posted on: 12-April-2021


It’s been a Takeout Cheesecake World at The Bushwakker this past week! The provincial government announced that Regina restaurants will be reduced to takeout service only starting on March 28th. We will offer our takeout food and beer Monday to Saturday from 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM. Our current full menu will be available. Our Monday and Wednesday Wings & a Pint Special, Tuesday Pizza & a Pint Special and Saturday Steak & a Pint Special will continue but you’ll get a glass bottle of Bushwakker beer to take home instead. Our popular Soup & Sandwich Specials will also remain in place. Curbside service will also be available. Call us at 306-359-7276 to place your takeout food orders. Our offsale cooler will be fully stocked too. Let’s get through this together Regina! We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your support throughout these very challenging times!

 

BREWERY “HOP”PENINGS! Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our Red Currant Ale and Chinook ESB seasonal brews are currently available! There are also ten other year round beers in our offsale cooler. Keg fills are also available at this time. Sorry no growler fills.

APRIL OFFSALE PREMIUM WINE FEATURES. The red is Felicette Cats In Space Grenache from France. Raspberry and plum aromas, medium-bodied on the palate, soft and juicy. The white is Kona Pinot Gris from New Zealand. Fruit-driven yet balanced with gentle acidity.

Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL will be available for takeout. Instead of a pint of Bushwakker brew, you receive a 650ml glass bottle. Our Monday and Wednesday WINGS & A PINT SPECIAL and Tuesday PIZZA & A PINT SPECIAL are also available with a takeout bottle of fine Bushwakker brew!

In addition to taking our beer home in glass bottles and 2 litre jugs direct from our pub, you can find a varying selection of 650 ml bottles of Bushwakker beer in ALL SIX REGINA SLGA stores.

 


The BUSHWAKKER LOCAL ARTIST WALL for the month of April features the works of ELI LAURITSEN.

Eli is an artist living and working in Regina, who has been experimenting with acrylic and oil paints independent of formal study for eight years. He draws inspiration from summers spent sailing on Lake Diefenbaker, watching clouds transform as they cross our vast living skies, and staring endlessly into the lake’s deep clear waters. Exploring this wilderness under sail demands an awareness of the wind; realizing its form and the way it breathes life into sails has shaped the way he depicts this movement. For him, these reprieves from city life have ingrained a fascination with the way wind flows through natural elements such as trees, grasses, sand and water, which come alive with the subtlest breeze. In his work the artist seeks to provide insight to his experience of these simple pleasures, be it waves of grass in an abandoned farmyard, daydreaming in the clouds, or from high above in viewing the landscape from a bird’s eye view. Commissions welcome! Would you like your favourite lake, home town or special locale painted from above? Email: eli.lauritsen@gmail.com
Enjoy Eli’s big colourful works all this month when stopping by to get your takeout orders!

 

Thanks to everyone who nominated us in 13 different categories in the 2021 edition of the Prairie Dog Magazine’s Best of Food Regina Awards! Those categories include: Best Brewpub, Best Pub, Best Downtown Pub, Best Covid-Adapted Restaurant, Best Beer Selection, Best Takeout, Best Business Lunch, Best Nachos, Best Pub Pizza, Best Local Burgers, Best Local Fries, Best Scotch Selection and Best Desserts. Help us turn those nominations into wins by voting at https://prairiedogmag.com/best-of-food-2021/#//until May 2nd. Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support!

 


We are open for takeout service between 11:30 AM and 7:00 PM Monday to Saturday! Don’t forget to pick up your FREE BUSHWAKKER LUNCH CLUB CARD. Buy 10 lunches and receive your 11th lunch free!
View our full menu is at
 https://bushwakker.com/full-menu/ and our daily specials can be viewed at https://bushwakker.com/this-weeks-daily-specials/ Call 306-359-7276 anytime!

 


Fundraising Opportunity! Although we have suspended our in-house Steak Night Fundraisers, we now offer a unique PIZZA & A “PINT” takeout fundraising event on Mondays. Pizza & Pint Pick Up. BUSHWAKKER AWARD-WINNING PUB PIZZAS! Prepared with our own handmade herbed pizza crust. 8” on regular thickness crust with hearty toppings! (Typically feeds 1-2 ppl). Includes your choice of one 650ml bottle of Bushwakker beer!

Learn more or register your group for a hassle-free and unique fundraising experience at Bushwakker Brewing: Pizza & Pint Pick Up | Fundraisn

 

BUSHWAKKER “NEW NORMAL” NOTES

Our Hours of Operation will change on Monday, March 29th! On March 23rd the provincial government announced that Regina restaurants will be reduced to takeout only starting on March 28th. We will offer our takeout food and beer Monday to Saturday from 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM. We are closed on Sundays for now. Call 306-359-7276 to place your orders. We may adjust our hours of operation based on sales demand or lack thereof.

We kindly ask you place your takeout orders ahead of time by calling us at 306-359-7276 so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. There is no seating available within the pub but we have placed various physically-distanced X’s throughout the pub where you can wait for your order. Just stand on a red “X” and we will inform you when your order is ready. We also can provide curbside pickup. Just let us know when you will be arriving at out back door and we’ll run it out to you. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Please continue to practice safe health and social distancing practices. Remain connected to one another and to us! In addition to this weekly newsletter, we are very active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check-in with us often as we navigate these continually evolving times together. Try to support local businesses whenever possible. Be vigilant in your resolve to protect yourselves which in turn will protect others. Please don’t let your guard DOWN so Regina can open back UP!


Fish and Chips Friday orders ‘surreal’ for Regina Restaurants Closed to Indoor Dining

Provincial public health orders prohibit indoor dining but takeout and delivery are allowed.

Heidi Atter · CBC News · Posted: Apr 02, 2021


Bushwakker Brewpub is serving Alaskan cod in Pilsner batter and halibut in IPA batter with a jalapeno tartar sauce on April 2. (Bushwakker Brewing Company/Facebook)

When the provincial health orders closing restaurants to indoor dining were announced last week, Bushwakker Brewpub bar manager Grant Frew was concerned.

The orders meant his restaurant would be closed for one of their biggest days of the year: fish and chips on Good Friday. Being limited to take out and delivery, the pub opened up online pre-orders on Thursday and sold out for supper orders that night.

“This is definitely going to be the biggest year for fish and chip sales in our 30-year history,” Frew said. “We really need the support in order to get through this.”

The brewpub is only accepting phone orders after closing their online pre-ordering system. Frew said the large number of orders was a pleasant surprise and incredibly appreciated as the pub is currently relying heavily on government support.

“The whole pandemic experience has certainly been humbling, but it’s been wonderful to see that outpouring of support and so many people coming by and saying, ‘Hey, we’re really glad to see that this is doing so well for you,'” he said.

“It’s a wonderful experience. It’s a surreal experience. Having all of our customers rally behind us, it’s a really incredible feeling and we will get through this together.”

It’s a similar tale at Nicky’s Cafe on Broad Street. Owner Perry Makris said it’s been incredible seeing people stop in, pick up their food, chat and seeing the customers once again.

“It’s been a very difficult, stressful year … But then you get a day like today and, you know, put a smile on my face,” Makris said.

“It’s not about the sales — especially in times we have right now — it’s really about everybody coming together, everybody supporting local,” he said. “They’re not customers, they’re friends.”

Good Friday’s fish and chips has always been a success story since Nicky’s Cafe opened but Makris said he anticipates this year will be the biggest yet in the cafe’s history. In 2020 they had 700 orders and as of 10 a.m. on Friday, there were already 600 placed.

“It’s a mental health thing, too,” he said. “It’s a good boost for morality today and a good boost for everybody.”

Orders came in steadily last night for the Lancaster Taphouse as swell. The general manager of the South Location, Ethan Bender, headed in early this morning to get everything organized and said he’s excited to get to work.

“I actually think we’ll have a significant uptick in sales this year compared to previous years,” Bender said. “Typically on Good Friday, people are kind of doing stuff with their families and obviously we can’t really do that anymore, so it’s looking like a busy, busy day.”

Bender said every order — big or small — helps the restaurant through this tough time. He said the staff are missing the human connection from in-person dining and appreciate every order.

“It means everything, it means the world,” Bender said. “We’re a place that really has built a foundation on supporting local and it just feels so good to get that support back from the community.

“We’re all in this together, and this is one of those days that kind of reinforces that.”


TIME OUT12 Strange Things to Take Your Mind off of Politics, Pandemic and a Dull Day 

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo. No one knows why.

A 2×4 piece of lumber is really 1-1/2″ by 3-1/2”.

During the chariot scene in “Ben Hur,” a small red car can be seen in the distance (and Charlton Heston is wearing a watch).

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily! (That explains a few mysteries…)

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

 


Thank you so much Regina! Your incredible enthusiasm and support made our Festive Fish Good Friday the biggest day for Fish & Chips sales in our 30-year history! We had takeout boxes stacked to the ceiling and we certainly needed them. Much thanks to server Britt for her powerful superhero pose!