Bay Cooks, new Mexican-American restaurant now open in Williams Bay

CARINA LOPEZ For Lake Geneva Regional News

After working as restaurant cooks for seven years, the Lake Geneva residents opened their first Mexican-American restaurant on February 14 in Williams Bay.

The newly opened restaurant, Bay Cooks, offers options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The restaurant is owned by Juan and Antonia Basurto of Lake Geneva and Leoncio Agaton, a resident of Mchenry, IL.

The town’s charm and friendly people made it easy for owners to choose Williams Bay as a location, Juan said.

“We want to offer something new to the region and I hope people will appreciate it,” Juan said.

Bay Cooks offers a variety of food options. Visitors can choose from authentic Mexican dishes, breakfast dishes, burgers, wings, and even fish fries.

“Opening this restaurant is our dream. Since moving to Wisconsin we have worked in restaurants and our dream was to open a breakfast place, but we had the opportunity to offer more options for William’s Bay,” said Antonia.

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The couple worked at Scuttlebutts, the current Oakfire, in Lake Geneva. They were inspired by the Swedish pancakes served there and are now offering them to locals who have expressed their misses, Antonia added.

They have had great reviews from some of their customers.

“It was wonderful. I had Swedish pancakes and my husband had eggs and sausage. They were very good,” said William’s Bay resident Linda Overbeek. “I would love to try it for lunch.”

It took the owners about four months to get everything up and running. They even got their liquor license on February 7 and are in the process of setting up their bar.

Wisconsin law states that each municipality can have a liquor license for 400 to 450 residents. Due to the recent increase in population, the village was able to obtain another liquor license and grant its license to Bay Cooks.

The bar will offer micheladas, margaritas, pina coladas and more. They also plan to offer a catering service soon.

“Give us a chance and come and try our food, our doors are open to everyone,” Juan said.

For Easter and Mother’s Day, the restaurant will set up a buffet.

Bay Cooks is located between Privato and Dip in the Bay on Walworth Avenue.

It is located where the Mexican restaurant La Fiesta used to be until it closed in August. La Fiesta was unable to obtain a liquor license because new census figures were not yet available, and it closed due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

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