MAZOMANIE (WKOW) — One small business is open again Saturday after it was closed more than a year because of historic flooding.
A home on State Street in Mazomanie has been standing for the past 154 years, as a staple of the community.
“I delivered groceries to the people who lived here just as a family home,” Richard Royston, who has lived blocks away from the home for 80 years, said.
On Saturday, he had his first opportunity to explore it.
That’s because it’s now the Amethyst Inn Bed and Breakfast and 2One Speakeasy.
“A new chapter in our life,” Justin Martinez, who owns the home with his wife Jennifer, said.
They purchased the home back in July after it had sat vacant since the historic flooding in August 2018.
“All this neighborhood was hit really bad,” Royston said.
“For this house, we did more painting and updating, we did a little bit of remodeling but not a ton,” Jennifer Martinez said. “Except for the lower level because it was gutted.”
Much of the damage from the flooding was contained to the lower levels, which has all been repaired.
The biggest update is that for the first time in more than a century, this historic house will be open publicly to the people of Mazomanie.
Royston says because the bar will be open most weekends, it fills the void left by a previous bar in town.
“Now we’ll be able to come here and relax and enjoy each other while we’re here as well and enjoy the place,” he said.
That’s what the Martinezes say was one of the major goals when they fixed the home up.
“The community is very excited that they’re going to be able to be in the house,” Jennifer said. “Many of them have driven past the house and never came in it so we want to be open.”
They will be living in the coach house behind the bed and breakfast, but flood damage still needs to be cleaned up there.
They don’t know when it’ll be ready for them to move in.