Having a meal at Homecoming feels a bit like being invited to a large dinner party. You may not know all the guests when you arrive, but there’s a good chance you’ll make a couple of new friends before you leave, perhaps while in line to order food, or when you’re waiting for a generous slice of chocolate sheet cake to arrive for dessert. The restaurant, located on North Lexington Street in Spring Green, is housed in two rooms on the first floor of the “White School,” a four-room schoolhouse built in 1877 that is now a Sauk County Historic Site. The building was used as a school until 1985 and became a spot for a community pizza night beginning in 2017. With its 12-foot ceilings and a chalkboard still in use in the dining area, the space was transformed into Homecoming by its new owners, Kyle Beach and Leah Spicer, when they took over during the summer of 2021.
Spicer grew up on a 40-acre farm outside of Spring Green and moved to Asheville, North Carolina, for college. There she met Beach, who is originally from the Greenville, North Carolina area. After several years spent working in restaurants and starting a family, the couple returned to Spicer’s family farm during the pandemic. The decision to take over the White School was a fairly easy one. Beach soon recruited Chance Spivey, a friend and chef originally from South Carolina, to join them.