A Great Harvest bakery and cafe is planned for downtown Beaver Dam.
On Monday night, the Beaver Dam Common Council approved a resolution that revealed the name of a business on whose behalf it is applying for a grant.
The council first approved submitting an application for a community development investment grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state’s public-private partnership that provides funding for development projects. Other grants from the organization helped start up Ooga Brewing Company and Dam Chicken.
Mayor Becky Glewen said that the state has now asked that the council approve a resolution where the business’s name is disclosed. The council typically approves applying for such grants before the business is named.
Glewen said the owners would be Jim and Ruth Metz, who also own Ooga. Council member Mike Wissell, a real estate agent based downtown, said the location will be 128 Front St., the location of the former Kornely’s craft shop that is now owned by the Metzes. Further details are yet to be announced.
Great Harvest is a franchise chain offering bakery and cafe items like sandwiches and cookies. The chain has a handful of locations in Wisconsin, including in Oconomowoc and Neenah. Mayor Becky Glewen first mentioned the possibility of such a chain coming to downtown during the mayoral election campaign.
Cities act as conduits for grants to businesses from the WEDC. Ooga Brewing Company opened last year. Dam Chicken opened in April in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kornely’s craft shop closed on New Year’s Eve in 2018 after a 40-year history in downtown Beaver Dam. The city had been interested in purchasing the building, but the Metzes ended up buying it.
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