Local businesses hope to give golf fans a little taste of Wisconsin as they prepare for crowds to pour into the state during the long-awaited Ryder Cup at Whistling Straights.
- Ryder Cup Pro Shop open for business starting Friday
- New Red Cross auction item gives people a chance to attend Ryder Cup
Located right off WI-42, customers at Harry's Diner at Interstate enjoy a variety of breakfast and lunch foods in a 50's themed sit-down restaurant.
Avni & Laurie Latifi, owners of Harry's Diner at Interstate, said they're ready to serve people visiting town for the Ryder Cup next week.
"The business has been good. So a little bit more is going to be great," Lafiti said. “Just like with every other event, we want to make sure we have enough staff. And we do. We have an awesome staff.”
The diner offers many locally sourced products: People can sip on coffee from Torke Family Coffee Roasters, eat burgers from Miesfeld's Meat Market on buns from Johnsonville.
Lafiti said he's making sure the diner has enough supplies to make its signature dishes and specials, including bloody marys, mimosas, tiramisu pancakes with whip cream drizzled in coffee liquor - made in-house - and flatbread breakfast. Next week, the diner will have a special on pumpkin pancakes.
"I know we'll have people waiting in line to be seated. We'd love to see that," Lafiti said. "We'll always have a table for locals as well."
Meanwhile, Johnsonville Marketplace plans to offer free brat and beer samples from noon until 2 p.m. all next week. People can also stop by to play cornhole or bocce ball.
"We'll have some extra product on hand just to make sure we have something for everybody," said Stephanie Dlugopolski, Johnsonville associate communications director. "We're really welcoming guests to come and have some fun, and enjoy a little bit of Wisconsin and take it home with them."
Johnsonville Marketplace features other Wisconsin food brands in store too. People can find Faris Gourmet Popcorn, cheese from Sartori and Henning's and gelato from Baron's. Golf themed gift baskets and apparel will also be available for purchase.
The store will be extending its hours next week and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Harry's Diner at Interstate is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Latifi also co-owns Harry's Prohibition Bistro in Sheboygan with his brother. The restaurant will have extended hours during the Ryder Cup and will open at 4:30 p.m and seat customers until about 9 p.m.