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August 10, 2012


Rustic Inn to close doors Aug. 24 for foreseeable future

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.
PHOTO: The Rustic Inn, building 2000 at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 Express.

The Daily Grind is open Monday-Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m.

Exchange Hours

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. daily.

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 said.

Specialty Express also will assume operation of the Rustic Inn mobile food trucks and deliver food/beverages to troops training in the field, she said.

Anyone at Fort McCoy can use the Specialty Express Food Court services. For more information about Specialty Express, call 608-269-5615, Ext. 303.

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 Exchange facilities.

For more information about Exchange services and hours, call 608-269-5604, ext. 101 or ext. 4343.

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