WesWings Specials Wednesday 9-22-21

Lunch

Falafel Panino
Falafel, avocado, cucumbers, diced tomato, lettuce & tahini in a pressed tortilla wrap. Comes with soup, salad or fries.
$14.95

Bagel N’ Lox Platter
A toasted bagel with smoked salmon. Served with capers, cream cheese, red onion, sliced tomato and a side of fruit. Plain & everything bagels available.
$15.95

Curried Chicken Salad
All white meat curried chicken salad with dried cranberries in a wrap. Served with your choice of salad or fries. Or skip the bread and add to a garden salad. (If you add to a salad, there is NO side)
$14.95

Hang Over Special
The “Hang-Over” special! Bacon egg & cheese on a soft roll with a side of fries.
$11.95

Dinner

Grilled Salmon Dinner
Marinated baked Atlantic glazed salmon served over whipped potatoes with sautéed spinach and vegetables. Jasmine rice available too.
$18.95

Soba Noodle Salad
Chilled soba noodles topped with your choice of grilled chicken, seitan, tofu, falafel, with baby spinach, sliced red peppers, shredded carrots, with a spicy peanut dressing.Add Salmon for $3 points.
$16.95

Reopening Plans and Updates

We are getting ready for reopening both Swings and Red & Black for the fall semester (Sept. 4) and we want to let everyone know what is new and what is old.

Number one: Our entire staff is 100% vaxed. We were very aggressive last spring getting people shots and we will continue to require ALL employees be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Number two: We are still take out only. Red & Black will be taking orders in person or by text (Zingle). Wes Wings will have the same system as last year. Lots of outdoor seating and the return of the Patio Grill

Number three: In accordance with university policy, masks will be required when indoors.

We are hopeful that restrictions on indoor seating and masking will be temporary. We have lots of new specials at both locations and can’t wait to see everyone.

-Karen & Ed

We’re 99% Vaxed

Today we hosted our second Moderna clinic for students, staff, family, and friends to get their second vaccine dose. 99% of our entire staff have now received both doses of Covid vaccines. As of tomorrow May 14th over 64% of our entire staff will be fully vaccinated two weeks past their second dose.

We are grateful to the Middletown Health Department and their volunteers who have helped us and so many residents of Middletown get their vaccine.

Staff Vaccinations over 97%

We are proud to announce that as of April 14, 2021 over 97% of our entire staff at both Wes Wings and Red & Black Cafe have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 32% have received second doses or a single JnJ dose.

We have been relentless as we have worked to get as many of our staff vaccinated as quickly as possible. With over seventy employees who are younger including over fifty students, it has been challenging.

Over the past two months, Karen and Ed waited day after day hoping for extra doses at Vine street and other locations, eventually getting them. We’ve driven staff to their appointments including 15 who we were able to get vaccinated off a waitlist March 28th at a local clinic.

All of our efforts culminated in a vaccination clinic that we hosted today with the Middletown Department of Health at Wes Wings. We were able to get almost all of our remaining staff their first shot. In addition, we provided shots for their family members, roommates and housemates. After reaching out to Wesleyan, we were also able to get 12 custodial employees their first shots as well. A total of 66 people received their first Moderna shot today.

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We All Did It

Thank you. Everyone. It is impossible to list every person.

We have completed the fall semester during the most difficult conditions in our 30 years and can proudly say it was an overwhelming success. But it took everyone’s help. Students, Wesleyan staff and administrators, Covid testing staff, the weather and most importantly our staff at Wes Wings and Red & Black Cafe.

When we abruptly closed last March there were so many uncertainties and how and when we might reopen was not clear. It took a tremendous amount of planning and hard work with our staff to create a system that was both safe and efficient while maintaining our menu and overall appeal that has made both of our restaurants so popular over the decades.

We told our customers the best way to help us come back from the financial hardship of last spring was to buy wings, mozzarella sticks, cookie dough, panini and smoothies. And you didn’t disappoint. You wore your masks and waited in long lines and your patience and cooperation contributed to this semester’s success. While shortened by several weeks, the fall semester was one of our most successful ever. October was the busiest month either location has ever experienced. And while we still have not fully recovered financially, we have made significant gains and both restaurants are on sound footing heading into the extended winter break.

The spring semester will look similar to the fall. We will still have our plexiglass. The doors will be open. The masks will be on. We’ll continue to kindly ask “if you have your food, could you please exit the waiting area so others can enter” The Patio Grill will return when the weather is warm enough. We look forward to expanding our specials and yes we are even thinking about Pail-A-Palooza and LobsterFest.

Please be safe during the winter break. We will enjoy a little break and time to rest and all of us will be ready to do it all again in February.

-Karen & Ed

The New Normal at Swings

A guide to all the changes at WesWings (in these unprecedented times)

  1. Takeout only. There is no inside dining at Swings at this time but plenty of outside tables.
  2. Order at the counter inside or outside for a quick special at the patio grill
  3. Meal Plan points, Middletown cash, credit cards. No cash.
  4. Open Everyday 11am-8pm

We’ve missed everyone and look forward to a busy and safe semester.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for daily specials and updates.

Red & Black Cafe in the Age of Corona

A handy guide to all things at RBC for the fall semester.

  1. Takeout only. There is no inside dining at the cafe at this time.
  2. Order at the counter or text us with Zingle 860-650-1214
  3. Set up your Zingle account simply by sending us at text 860-650-1214 and follow the prompts.
  4. Meal Plan points, Middletown cash, credit cards. No cash.
  5. Open Monday -Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday-Sunday 9am-5pm

 

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for latest specials and updates

August 13th Update: Both Locations Reopening Sept. 7th

It’s official. We think. Finally. After a few last minute changes due to new guidance from the state of CT and the university, we are planning to re-open both WesWings and The Red & Black Cafe on Monday September 7th.

Monday September 7th is the first day most students will be out of quarantine and we’ll be ready to welcome everyone back. Like everything else, things will be a little different. As our earlier updates have mentioned, we will not have any indoor dining. Everything will be packaged to-go. Red & Black Cafe will have Zingle text ordering available and limited outdoor seating. At WesWings we’re adding more picnic tables outside and a new Patio Grill that will serve daily specials including burgers, vegan Beyond burgers and much more.

We are putting in place safety features including Plexiglas, contactless payments for meal plan IDs, separate entry and exits and more signage then we ever thought possible.

Both locations will accept meal plan points, Middletown cash and credit cards. There will be no cash accepted this year. In addition, we have made the decision to restrict our customers to the Wesleyan community ONLY. Specifically students, faculty and staff who are a part of the university’s Covid testing program. Eventually we may develop a curbside pickup plan for non university customers, but for now we’re trying to limit the number of outside visitors and customers.

In the coming weeks we’ll provide more updates to help you better understand our new systems. Where the lines are and the easiest ways to order.

Last spring we told you we were not going anywhere and we meant it. The past five months have been hard on our staff but everyone is eager to get back work. We still have a long way to go but we are determined to make this, our 30th year in business, a memorable year.

-Karen & Ed