COVID-19 strikes near home for owners of Quivey’s Grove, which is why they require only vaccinated customers to eat there – possibly the first restaurant in Dane County to do so.
Early in the pandemic, 54-year-old John Fleck, who was working at the popular Fitchburg restaurant, died of COVID-19.
“We felt it,” said Deirdre Garton, who owns Quivey’s Grove, 6261 Nesbitt Road, with Craig Kuenning.
Fleck, a married father of two, was the assistant director of Quivey’s in the 1990s and founder of its longstanding beer festival, but left to work at Lands ‘End.
He’s back, working Friday nights as a bartender at Quivey’s Stable Grill, which sells heavily fried fish.
It’s hard to know if Fleck – who passed away on April 4, 2020 – received COVID-19 at the restaurant because he only worked there one night a week, Garton said, but she called His loss was “very, very tragic and emotional for everyone. ”
Last year, Fleck’s wife, Pam, said that on March 17, 2020, the day most restaurants in Dane County were forced to close due to the pandemic, her husband woke up with a fever.
Pam Fleck said, with COVID-19 just starting to be acquired in Wisconsin, he was very worried, mainly about passing his illness on to her because her immune system was compromised due to rheumatoid arthritis. He has no underlying health condition.