Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the latest order from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services which will require “food establishments” to collect the names and phone numbers of customers. Guests who refuse to provide their contact information are to be denied entry into the business.
Just like everything else related to COVID, there are strong opinions regarding the necessity, legality and general point of collecting such information. Businesses that fail to comply with the Gatherings and Face Mask Order are subject to $1,000 fine per violation and individuals responsible for the noncompliant business are subject up to 6 months in jail and up to a $200 fine. (This is in addition to the penalties in place for failing to require masks.) Here’s the Gatherings and Face Mask Order if you want to read it for yourself.
So here’s how this is going to go. Starting Tuesday November 3, we will be collecting names and phone numbers for our dine in guests. This information will stay on file for a minimum of 30 days and will only be used if/when requested by the health department. We will never use your information for marketing or sell your information to third party solicitors…unless you are a dick. Then we reserve the right to pass your contact information along to anyone concerned about your car’s extended warranty so think long and hard about how you want to treat the messenger over a rule we didn’t get any say in.
In far more exciting (and less contentious) news, Tuesday also kicks off Restaurant Week for Sault Ste. Marie. Restaurant Week patrons are encouraged to take part in a short survey and share their favorite picture with #restaurantweekssm and #downtownsoo to be entered into a drawing for over $200 in restaurant gift cards and Chamber Bucks! Our Restaurant Week menu was designed to be carry-out friendly so if you’re more comfortable dining at home, you can still enjoy our featured starters and entrees. Providing our world doesn’t implode on Monday, we’ll even have our Restaurant Week menu available for online ordering!
Our “Some Assembly Required” meal kits for our 6th Annual Battle of the Breweries are on sale through November 3. Each kit includes ingredients to make a four-course dinner and two paired beers per course…that’s eight beers to enjoy! You’ll also receive the Zoom link, beer ballot and recipe cards for each course. Kits are designed to feed two people and are $100 each. As always, 100% of the proceeds from Battle of the Breweries go directly to benefit Hospice of the EUP. You can preorder your Battle of the Breweries kits at The Wicked Sister or Hospice House through November 3. The kits will be available for pick up or free delivery starting Saturday November 7. Our Battle of the Breweries will kick off at 6pm via Zoom and we’ll share some great food and great beers for a great cause! The great news about this year? If Monday doesn’t work for your schedule, but you still want to support Hospice, you can order a kit and enjoy the meal on another day!
During our Zoom-Fun, you’ll get to meet Keith and Zach from Big Lake Brewing Co and Blayne from Ore Dock. We’ll chat about the beers, learn why they chose each beer for the pairings and have the opportunity to ask all your burning questions! Tim & Lindsay Ellis, owners of Eagle Radio, will be MC’ing the night and hosting our live auction.
Despite all the chaos and changes going on around us, we're looking forward to the next couple weeks at The Wicked Sister!