THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1589 – Posted on: 12-July-2021
Phase Three of the Saskatchewan Re-Opening Roadmap Plan goes into effect on Sunday, July 11th! We will continue to be closed on Sundays until the Labour Day Classic in September. At that time regular Sunday service will commence. When we open on Monday, July 12th under the “lifted restrictions” of Phase Three you will no longer be required to wear a mask (but you can certainly do so if you wish) or to provide any contact tracing information. Our staff will continue to wear masks for the time being. Hand sanitizer will still be available and enhanced table cleaning protocols will continue. Customers will no longer be required to exit through the back door. We will begin booking our two private rooms at this time. We will introduce more seating as physical distancing will no longer be required between tables. Although we are excited to bring back our events, we will not be actively booking any live music groups or plan any big events just yet. Things are definitely moving in the right direction but we want to ensure everything continues to evolve in a positive manner. Reservations and takeout service will continue to be provided. If you wish to bring in a larger group, please call ahead at 306-359-7276 so we can designate the adequate space needed to avoid wait times and congestion in our front lobby. The situation is looking good folks! Keep up the good work and thanks for your support!
BREWERY “HOP”PENINGS! Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our new Mexican Lime Radler and even a few two litre bottles of Sarsaparilla are currently available in our offsale cooler. Our brand new Mango Radler is also on tap and in our offsale cooler. Summer Wheat will be back this summer and a brand new Blood Orange Wheat Beer too! There are also many other beers available including a West Coast IPA, Irish Red Ale, Brown, Blonde, Pilsener, Vienna, Pale Ale and a Porter. Growler fills and keg fills are also available!
Our GUEST TAP is once again flowing! We are currently pouring the SUN SEEKER HAZY IPA from Saskatoon’s Paddock Wood Brewing. Next up is the OAT SESSION ALE from Black Bridge Brewing in Swift Current.
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 July edition of First “Fikin-esque” Friday saw the release of yet another hot weather quencher. Our keg of RASPBERRY DAIQUIRI RADLER proved that raspberries, lemonade and rum do work quite nicely together in our light lager. Look for more summer fruit beer releases over the next few months!
Our July PREMIUM WINE FEATURES are the CONO SUR organic wines from Chile. The red is a Cabernet Carmenere Syrah. The white is a Sauvignon Blanc. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.
This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature on July 9th and 10th is a PORK CHOP W/ FINGERLING POTATOES & BROCCOLI for $18.95. Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL will also be available. Our Monday and Wednesday WINGS & A PINT SPECIAL and Tuesday PIZZA & A PINT SPECIAL are also a great value deal.
We are excited to be moving into Phase Three of the Saskatchewan Re-Opening Roadmap Plan. Greater seating capacity and the return to normal hours of operation means we are looking for more experienced cooks and serving staff. Stop by and see us with your resume today or apply at https://bushwakker.com/apply/
The Bushwakker LOCAL ARTIST WALL for the month of July features the works of a talented artistic trio comprised of Shiela Mitchell, Linda Tidball and Trina Wirth.
Shiela Mitchell – I gained an interest in art while wearing an Art Teacher hat during more than one school year. We know that in rural schools, teachers often become involved in many subject areas outside their comfort zone. This can be a good thing. Presently, I paint on a regular basis with friends to share ideas, laugh and create what moves me. I have a wide and varied interest in subject matter from landscape to still life using photographs for inspiration. I began painting with watercolour and now work mainly with acrylics. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Tidball – After retiring from a career as a medical laboratory technologist I began cultivating an interest in art. I’ve taken classes in acrylics, mixed media, oils, pastels, watercolour and encaustic wax. My focus has been on still life, wildlife and landscapes. I am currently a member of the Aurora Art Guild and enjoy working and painting with fellow artists. E-mail: email@example.com
Trina Wirth – I have always enjoyed the arts and crafts such as pottery, folk arts and ceramics. I took painting classes in later years which were taught by local artists. I’ve had the pleasure of exploring my love of art using oils, mixed mediums, water colours, encaustic wax, pastel and acrylics. My paintings have been displayed at several places in Regina. They show various ways paints react with different mediums. I enjoy all styles of painting as well as trying new methods. I have enjoyed the friendships and sharing of my ideas with fellow artists in the Aurora Art Guild since 2012. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy their colourful works all this month!
Lots of folks have been jumping on the Hop Circuit this summer to visit Regina’s six participating craft breweries! Take a hike or hop on a bike and collect your stamps to claim your free Experience Regina glass!
Bushwakker summer keg season is here! We have four sizes of kegs available for any size gathering. Just give us a call at 306-359-7276 and will find the right size and the right beer for you! If you have your own keg we can fill it up for you too. Just give us 24 hours to fill your order.
Our new Bushwakker Online Ordering Page is now live on our website! You can order everything from our food menu as well as our Bushwakker brews and even select the time you’d like to pick up your order. Visit https://bushwakker.com/shop-2021/ and give it a try! Of course, you can continue to place your orders by calling us at 306-359-7276. We still love to hear your friendly voices. Thanks for your support everyone!
BUSHWAKKER “PHASE THREE NEW NORMAL” NOTES
We are currently open Monday to Saturday at 11:00 AM and close at 10:00 PM. Kitchen closes at 9:00 PM. We are still closed on Sundays at this time. Starting on Monday, July 12th we will extend our hours. The kitchen will close at 10:30 PM and last call will be at 11:15 PM. On Fridays and Saturdays the kitchen will be open until 11:30 PM and last call will be at 12:15 AM. We are very appreciative of the considerable increase in the number of our takeout food orders. Call us at 306-359-7276 or visit our online ordering page at https://bushwakker.com/shop-2021/
Reservations are still accepted and encouraged. We accept a limited number of reservations as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Saturday. Call us at 306-359-7276 to secure your table. We are now also able to accommodate larger groups. We will start accepting banquet room reservations on July 12th. Full seating at the bar top will also resume on this day.
Please continue to practice safe health measures. 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.
Cole Davenport CTV News Regina
REGINA — The hospitality sector was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the final phase of reopening in sight, the industry is getting ready for its full comeback.
Memories Dining and Bar is one of several Regina businesses adding back staff. Owner Thomas Siarkos said loyal customers are returning under previous steps allowed them to make the move.
“We felt the need to fill some positions,” Siarkos said. “So we started early. We have hired four people already and we’re looking for another two part-timers.”
Siarkos’ hires include cooks, servers and bussers. He’s far from the only business owner looking to add back staff, as a number of Regina bars, restaurants and hotels are looking to fill similar positions.
Many have posted multiple jobs to SaskJobs.ca over the last week, including five positions at Rock Creek, seven at Best Western, four at Bushwakker Brewing and several more.
One company, Impact Security, has a posting in search of 60 personnel to work event security as large-scale events are set to return on July 11, which is when Step 3 begins and all remaining COVID-19 restrictions – including mandatory masks and gathering limits – will lift.
Even though public health restrictions will no longer be mandatory after Step 3, businesses will still be able to choose their own path out of the pandemic based on the comfort levels of staff and customers.
“We are working some general guidance for businesses, for communities on what you may wish to keep in place, such as physical distancing, access to hand sanitizer, ensuring that you have proper sanitary standards in your place of business or community gathering place,” Premier Scott Moe said at Tuesday’s COVID-19 update.
At Memories, the end of restrictions means about ten extra tables will be added along with the new staff, putting the restaurant close to its pre-pandemic workforce.
“Plus or minus two, so very close,” Siarkos said. “We have never taken shortcuts when it comes to the service or the quality of our food and we intend to do the same thing.”
TIME OUT – The Tractor
A farmer walked into a bar and saw the local tractor salesman sitting there, head hung low, obviously upset, drowning his sorrows in his beer.
“What’s up, John?” asked the farmer. “Gosh Bob, I’ll tell you what … if I don’t sell a tractor soon, I’m gonna have to close my shop.”
“Now John, things could be worse,” said Bob.
“How do you figure?” asked John.
“Well, John – you know my ‘ornery cow, Bessie? I went to milk her this morning and she just kept flicking her tail in my face. So I grabbed a piece of rope and tied it up to the rafter. Then, the nasty thing went and kicked the bucket away! So I tied her leg to the wall. Then she kicked my stool right out from underneath me!
But I was out of rope. So I took my belt off and used it to tie her other leg to the other side of the stall. Well wouldn’t you just know it…my damn pants fell down.”
“And John, if you can convince my wife that I was in there to MILK that cow, I’ll buy a tractor from you.
As the province enters Phase Three of the Saskatchewan Re-Opening Roadmap Plan, customers will no longer be required to wear face masks in restaurants. Customers who feel more comfortable wearing a mask are certainly encouraged to do so. Bushwakker front of house staff will continue to wear masks for the time being. One step at a time folks. We are getting there!