Orsetto deck

New deck at Orsetto

Orsetto unveils new deck

After an offseason break Orsetto Italian Bar & Eatery reopened last week sporting a new deck.

No, the Center Street restaurant isn’t inviting customers to wrap themselves in quilts, stick foot warmers in their boots and fork up their Pappardelle alla Bolognese and chicken Parmesan with gloved hands.

“I don’t intend to have anybody sitting out there now,” Orsetto owner Fred Peightal said. “Probably March if it’s nice enough.”

This just happened to be when Orsetto could get the work done.

“We were going to build this deck last spring, and then COVID hit and we kind of postponed everything,” Peightal said.

This is a busy time for people who can do things like build decks, and Peightal said he was lucky to find Reggie Benz of Dunn Right Construction.

“We had a contractor available, so we decided to go for it,” he said. “We needed to get it done. … He knocked it out in about a month.”

During summer and the still-warm part of the fall when al fresco dining was comfortable, Orsetto benefited from town rules allowing the use of parklets to add outdoor seats.

“With COVID restrictions now we are seating indoors about 50,” Peightal said. The deck “will add about 40 seats outside.”

Persephone at Anthropologie

Persephone is now selling some of its bakery items in the gifts section of Anthropologie, a retailer that describes its offerings as a “curated mix of clothing, accessories, gifts and home decor.”

Tomato jam, granola, chocolate hazelnut butter and cookies for Santa are among the Persephone goodies available. (See Anthropologie.com.)

“Inclusion in their curated marketplace represents a pinchable moment; Anthropologie helped form — and ever inspires — our belief that aesthetically-driven goods enrich our everyday,” Persephone emailed customers.

As the bakery elves are “working away to help make your holidays merry, Anthropologie raises us to Santa’s league.”

Chicken sammies, not yet

Is Jackson Hole going to get a Chick-fil-A?

There’s been some speculation that the national chicken sandwich specialist will open a restaurant here, joining the fast-food ranks of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway and Domino’s, as well as incoming national retailers REI and Target.

A spokeswoman for the company, which is based just outside downtown Atlanta, responded to a query in a way that doesn’t say yes but doesn’t seem to rule out the possibility:

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service, but we do not have any locations to confirm in or around the Jackson area, at this time.”

The Chick-fil-A chain started in 1946 in Hapeville, Georgia, as a restaurant called the Dwarf Grill.

From the start, founder Truett Cathy decided to not to open on Sundays so that employees could have a day of rest and worship if they chose, a policy that continues today.

Chick-fil-A now has a presence in 47 states, according to the company’s website. Communities near Jackson with Chick-fil-A restaurants include Cheyenne; Logan, Utah; Denver; and Rexburg and Ammon, Idaho.

Tips on working at home

Though the first vaccinations against COVID-19 are just around the corner, life won’t return to normal for a while.

Last week’s Business Over Breakfast, a monthly Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce event that’s gone virtual during the pandemic, presented a panel discussion on working at home and how to stay sane and productive for the long haul.

“We still have four, five or six months of potentially the hardest time we’ve had yet,” said Sandy Hessler, one of the panelists.

Besides Hessler, a professor and the founder of Six Minutes Daily, the participants included Mandy Fabel, executive director of Leadership Wyoming; Sara Flitner, president of Flitner Strategies and founder of Becoming Jackson Whole; and Michael Adams, manager of Silicon Couloir’s Cowork Space.

Here’s a selection of their suggestions:

• Assess whether your physical setup is working. Is your chair comfortable and ergonomically suitable? Is there too much glare on your computer screen?

• Give yourself a minute every day to check your emotional temperature. The goal is to be with your emotions, not be your emotions, so that you don’t go into over-reactive mode.

• Instead of always focusing on how to be productive, concentrate on how to be connected to others and care for them and also on how stay connected to what’s most important to you.

• Set goals for small steps you can take to improve your day, add structure and keep up your energy. For example, “For every hour of work I will spend two minutes a day marching in place.” Track your progress.

• To avoid virtual meeting hell, teach your people to speak Zoom. For example, use the sign language for applause (like jazz hands but with more wrist and less jazz). Another example: Have them type 1 in chat if they agree with something someone says.

• If you have to leave a virtual meeting early, don’t make a big deal of it. Just disappear. It’s called Zoom ghosting.

• Before a big virtual meeting consider sending participants a coffee mug or some other object so that everyone in the meeting is touching the same thing.

• Consider virtual happy hours. There’s something about adding drinks to an occasion that relaxes people. A fun meeting creates an openness between people so that they will later have the trust to discuss important matters that might be sensitive.

• Virtual meetings are important because they give people face time. But be careful about holding too many. Sometimes information can be delivered in a simpler way, like an email.

• Write down your vision for what life is going to be like next summer. Life will be different. How do you want it to be different?

Business resources online

The Wyoming SBDC Network has created an online Business Resource Locator at WyomingBusinessResources.org.

Users can click on a county on a map to pull up a list of resources for that area and click through the list for contact information. You can also click on a button for statewide resources.

“All entities listed on the site are public agencies that assist small-business owners through any step of the entrepreneurial process,” the SBDC Network said.

The site was developed through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act Recovery Program.

It is “a helpful first step for entrepreneurs as they start their business or for entrepreneurs seeking local assistance as they face challenges in their existing business,” the SBDC Network said.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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