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Post Exchange Outdoor Food Court 
open for the season

The Fort McCoy Main Post Exchange (PX) has reopened its outdoor food court with a few location changes to make it safer and more convenient for Soldiers and anyone else who would want to eat there.

Photo: Customers order food at the Main Exchange Outdoor Food Court at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Customers order food at the Main Exchange Outdoor Food Court at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Irene Urata, the Fort McCoy Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) business manager, said the Gyros (European/Greek Food), Taco Paisa II and Johnny Q BBQ contracted businesses will bring their food specialties back to the Fort McCoy community.

Gyros, Taco Paisa and Johnny Q will set up in the parking lot of buildings 1666-1668, south of the location last year and closer to the Weiner Hut (hotdog sales) location.

The location of the food court is visible from the corner of South J. Street and 11th Avenue.

"Soldiers look forward to these businesses returning," Urata said. "If the Soldiers were here several months ago before deploying and have returned, they miss the food. They look for these people by business name, and are familiar with (the faces of) the owners."

The outdoor food courts are open from approximately 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. weekdays and will serve anyone on Fort McCoy.

Additional hours and days may be added for food service, depending on troop strength, Urata said.

Urata said authorized Fort McCoy personnel, including military, civilians and contractors, also can visit the other PX food choices, including Specialty Express Food Court, building 1538, and the Rustic Inn, building 2000.

New this year will be a food vendor available to serve Soldiers and other personnel near building 2701 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. weekdays, she said.

It started with the Johnny Q BBQ and will change weekly. Anyone interested in the schedule can call Urata at 608-269-4860.

"We’re also considering Chinese food and perhaps someone who sells hamburgers as potential additions to our outdoor food court," Urata said. "If anyone knows of a business that might be interested or the vendors themselves can contact me."

The Post Exchange also is hosting The Taste of Wisconsin vendor in the PX on a two-to-three-day-a- week basis. The business sells specialty cheeses and meat from Wisconsin and the area, including such items as garlic cheese, chocolate cheese, cranberry Jalapeno meat sticks along with traditional favorites BBQ and beef sticks, etc., which have become a huge favorite with Soldiers training at Fort McCoy, she said.

For more information about the Post Exchange or AAFES, visit the AAFES Web site http://www.aafes.com.


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