The Good Wives

Ella Wesenberg and Emily Rieck venture to open a small, 40 seat, fine dining restaurant in the Wisconsin city of Eau Claire that we're calling "The Good Wives."

You're probably thinking "Ella and Emily, are you nuts? You're trying to open a restaurant during a pandemic?" The answer is "yes" and "no!" We've found a raw space in a location that extends beyond the downtown area that we could live above for the time being while slowly working on the restaurant space below (it needs new flooring, a bathroom rehaul and all the fixings of a functioning restaurant). It might seem crazy but since the building will be our home (it also includes a couple of other small apartments) the ability to pay for itself will work in our favor so we can slowly remodel and acquire what we need to open the restaurant AFTER the pandemic. The benefit of our situation provides us with time to look for equipment slowly, avoiding the need to buy everything at once, at a higher cost. 

The funds we are asking for may seem high, however we are using $15k of the funds raised towards the full 20% down payment of the building. This amount down is required for a business loan. The remaining amount will be used strictly towards the remodel and construction of the raw space to transform into a small but beautiful (however modest) restaurant.

Those who enjoy food that is locally sourced, farm to table concept with carefully constructed wine pairings will enjoy the features at The Good Wives. Imagine a menu that changes with the seasons but still provides classically tasty dishes made with love and creativity. Inspired by the classic techniques and flavors of the French, Italian and northern Spanish regions you'll be provided a place that is always fresh and elegant but still approachable, fun and personal. 

We are in the process of securing a business loan which will then set in motion the gradual work the raw space of the restaurant will need. If you are unable to donate money perhaps you have a skill you wouldn't mind loaning out! Know how to install a sink? We'd love all the help we can get!

Your support will not only mean a great deal to us personally but it will also mean you have a piece of this restaurant to call your own. We don't want to JUST be business owners. We want to weave ourselves into the fabric of this community and know our customers as an extension of our family. The Good Wives will be your nightcap, date night, first date and place of celebration. Sounds nice huh?

*If you have further questions about our endeavor or would like to see a copy of our business plan, financial statements/P&L email [email redacted] and we'll set up a Zoom, in-person meeting, and happily send anything you need!
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