New owners, new ideas

New owners with new ideas have taken over business at Whoop-ti-doos restaurant in Webster City.

When Mark Wilson, who has lived in Webster City for about five years, came to pick up lunch, at Whoop-ti-doos in January, he found out the former owners were looking to sell the restaurant. Wilson said he’s been coming to Whoop-ti-doos regularly since he first moved to Webster City. By mid-February, he began working on a plan with Melissa Turner to purchase the restaurant.

“Personally, part of it was that I didn’t want to see Whoop-ti-doos go,” Wilson said. “Also, Melissa and I had been looking for a business to get involved with the past couple of years,” Wilson said.

The restaurant is a good fit for what Wilson and Turner were hoping to do in a business. Turner was looking for a venue to sell baked goods. Her sister, Stacy Hendrickson who also works at the business, said Turner is very excited to sell her cupcakes. As they get settled in at the business, the new owners are looking to expand customers’ menu options at Whoop-ti-doos. While Wilson hopes to add submarine sandwiches to the restaurant’s offerings in a few years, other changes will be coming much sooner.

As summer nears, Wilson said they’re looking to open a breakfast line at Whoop-ti-doos. Few details have been finalized, but the restaurant may expand their hours from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a breakfast menu. Wilson said the restaurant also may stay open until 4 p.m. during the summer. Turner’s cupcakes will also be available for catering events, Wilson said.

In the meantime, the new owners of Whoop-ti-doos are keeping busy as they get adjusted. Wilson invites community members to stop by and meet him, Turner and Hendrickson during their regular hours from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and pick up one of their lunch specials at their location in downtown Webster City.