New owners come full circle, turn Biscotti Coffee Bar Cafe into Wheel House Cafe
By AMBER SOUTH
SHIPPENSBURG TOWNSHIP — The owners of the new Wheel House Café have come full circle.
Husband and wife Stephanie and Justin Forrester and their friend Josiah Becker all worked at The Hop in the past, and now they own a restaurant together in the same North Earl Street building the former Shippensburg staple once inhabited.
Their new venture, Wheel House Café, began after the Forresters and Becker bought Biscotti Coffee Bar, which took over in spring 2011 after The Hop closed its doors.
According to Stephanie Forrester, the three heard about the “For Sale” sign at Biscotti by word of mouth and decided to put their years of experience, as restaurant servers and a cook, to good use.
“We just decided we were gonna try doing it for ourselves,” Forrester said.
The Forresters and Becker officially took over Biscotti on Dec. 17 and opened Wheel House on Jan. 2.
The down economy did not factor into the decision to open the restaurant, Forrester said.
“We’re just hoping that we can make it work and keep good portions and honest prices,” she added.
Wheel House serves homestyle food, including breakfast all day, in a family atmosphere.
The owners modeled the menu after what they remember from The Hop. It includes a variety of omelets and breakfast food, with battered French toast as a signature dish. There is also a “Ship Breakfast,” of two eggs, toast, sausage or bacon, and two pancakes or two slices of French toast.
Lunch items include subs, wraps, burgers, baskets, homemade soup of the day, and more. Homemade chip beef gravy and sausage gravy are also on the list.
Most items are $6 or less.
The hope is that customers will soon dine within a naval design.
Playing on the name of Shippensburg and going with a theme led by Shippensburg University with its logo featuring a large ship, Becker came up with the name Wheel House, Forrester said. The owners plan on infusing a naval theme into the restaurant’s design, but first need to find the time to find and buy the necessary items.
Time is one area that Forrester has had to adapt to. She said she is getting used to the change of pace and working everyday.
The owners have worked hard to ensure that Wheel House has a successful launch.
“Having people tell us that they enjoy the food and they enjoy the atmosphere,” has been a gratifying experience so far, Forrester said.
Wheel House is open 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.
Amber South can be reached at email@example.com and 262-4771.