This week, Jason Fostvedt and his son, Nathan Fostvedt, will break ground for a new craft beer, wine, spirit and cigar shop, located on the former Sather Family Dental lot on Douglas Street.
The shop will be called Fostbites Spirits, similar to the taphouse, Fostbites Pub, which they own on Knapp Street, and the name of a former bar that was owned by Fostvedt’s grandfather.
Sather Family Dental, which was destroyed in a fire in January 2020 during a building expansion, will be rebuilding on CTH M, north of Chetek. Dr. Nik Sather sold the lot to the Fostvedts and the sale closed on Friday, April 2.
Jason Fostvedt said they are not trying to compete with the existing stores in Chetek. They will carry domestic brands, craft alcohols and high-end labels. There will also be a humidor for cigars. They will also have a tap trailer that can be rented for events.
The store will be 30 by 36 feet with a large walk-in “beer cave” cooler on the west side. Fostvedt plans for it to be a Leinie’s-only cooler. Fostvedt noted the cooler will be energy efficient, using outside air in the winter to cool.
The back of the building will be two apartment buildings. Nathan Fostvedt is a certified general contractor and will fill that role. They plan to have it completed by Memorial Day, or if later, in early June.
For the two lots to the east of the building that formerly belonged to the City of Chetek before being bought by Sather for the expansion, Jason said he will put those up for sale or rent, as he does not need them. The city has declined to buy them back.
Sather Dental progress
Sather said they will break ground on a new dental clinic on May 1. It will be located near the Green Leaf Farms building on CTH M, about a half-mile north of Chetek.
Gotham Construction will be leading the build and Sather plans to be open by January 2022. He currently operates out of a temporary office in Rice Lake.