|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
The Rustic Inn, building 2000, at Fort McCoy will close its doors for
the foreseeable future Aug. 24.
Steve Ard, general manager for the Fort McCoy Exchange, Army and Air
Force Exchange Service (AAFES), said the closure is due to the dramatic
loss of troops that use the facility on the west side of the cantonment
area. All employees who work at the facility will be transferred to
other AAFES organizations.
The Rustic Inn, building 2000 at Fort McCoy, will close Aug. 24
due to a lack of patronage of the facility. The facility will be
kept in a ready state to re-open to take care of an influx of
troops or increased patronage.
The Rustic Inn facility will be maintained in a ready-to-use-status
and will be re-evaluated next year for possible re-opening during the
summer surge, and as patronage dictates, Ard said. In the meantime, the
facility will be available for unit functions, etc.
Because the Rustic Inn is the only AAFES facility with a breakfast
menu/hours at Fort McCoy, that function will be transferred to the
Specialty Express Food Court in the Exchange, building 1538.
Katie Mason, Specialty Express manager, said the Robin Hood Sandwich
Shoppe is offering breakfast, beginning Aug. 17.
Robin Hood, part of a national restaurant chain, will have a breakfast
menu consisting of various sandwich, juice and milk choices. Breakfast
hours are from 7-10:30 a.m. daily.
Initially, coffee will be available only at The Daily Grind, a coffee
shop located in building 1538, and at the Snack Avenue, located inside
The Daily Grind is open Monday-Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and Sundays at 9
Specialty Express Food Court
(including Robin Hood Sandwich Shoppe and Anthony’s Pizza):
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Daily Grind:
Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Service Station/Express/Class VI
(including Snack Avenue):
Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.-7
p.m., with the main portion of the Exchange opening at 9 a.m.
For more information about Specialty Express, call 608-269-5615,
ext. 303 or for Exchange services and hours, call 608-269-5604,
ext. 101 or 608-388 4343.
For more information about The Daily Grind, call 608-269-2618.
The Snack Avenue, located inside the Exchange, is a self-service area,
which opens at 7 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m. Sundays and offers warm
sandwiches and a microwave to heat food/beverages, as desired.
Mason said the coffee machine at the Rustic Inn eventually will be
transferred to Robin Hood.
The Specialty Express Food Court facility has a lunch and dinner menu
including regular sub sandwiches at Robin Hood and pizzas, cheese
sticks, etc., at Anthony’s Pizza, and a variety of beverages, Mason
Specialty Express also will assume operation of the Rustic Inn mobile
food trucks and deliver food/beverages to troops training in the field,
Anyone at Fort McCoy can use the Specialty Express Food Court services.
For more information about Specialty Express, call 608-269-5615, Ext.
The option to have vending machines to provide breakfast-type food is
being studied for the Community Activity Center outdoor area, building
2000, Ard said.
All personnel at Fort McCoy can purchase immediate consumption items at
Exchange food services.
Only authorized patrons can shop the other goods and services at the
For more information about Exchange services and hours, call
608-269-5604, ext. 101 or ext. 4343.