Whoop-ti-doos was the dream of Lori and Todd Hartnett. They came up with the idea for an attractive and appetizing restaurant after experiencing a loss in their lives. They spent months renovating the old building space in downtown Webster City, Iowa and in May of 2007 Whoop-ti-doos had it’s grand opening.
Their menu was simple consisting of less than two dozen paninis, salads and wraps – all of which are still served today!
After three years of operation Lori and Todd were presented with an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. While it seemed that the store’s future was in jeopardy, it wasn’t long before Lori’s sister Joy Fopma and her husband Arron would decide to take over the business.
Joy took Lori’s dream and expanded upon it making Whoop-ti-doos a featured location of Webster City. She added onto the menu with the inclusion of a larger desert line (including the Picket Fence Ice Cream) and a couple of signature sandwiches. Joy ran Whoop-ti-doos with distinction as was well known in the community, but in the fall of 2013 she found herself with a desire to follow a different path in life and the future of Whoop-ti-doos became in jeopardy once again.
In early 2014 Mark Wilson, Melissa Wilson and her sister Stacy Hendrickson learned of Whoop-ti-doos plight. Melissa had been looking for a place to sell her baked goods and Stacy was looking for a career change. Mark was just some guy living in the street they decided needed a place to stay. The three of them decided to work together and purchase Whoop-ti-doos. In April 2014 ownership was transferred and we have been maintaining the Whoop-ti-doos story ever since.
We’ve added a few more things to the menu including our expansion into a complete breakfast menu. We’ve upgraded a lot of the equipment and touched up the paint. We are constantly looking for ways to improve everyone’s experience and make Whoop-ti-doos Iowa’s Happy Eating Place! and we plan on being here for years.