MADISON (WKOW) — Labor Day is usually a time to get outdoors with family and friends, but Monday’s weather and the rain over the weekend hasn’t made it easy.
Despite the weather, a shoreline business was making the most of the holiday.
“A little less lawn to mow a little more water frontage,” said Jack von Rutenberg, co-owner of Mariner’s Inn, NauTiGal, and Captain Bill’s Restaurant.
The Mariner’s Inn and NauTiGal is located right on the shore of lake Mendota, but von Rutenberg says things could be worse.
“Our three restaurant businesses are on high ground,” von Rutenberg said. “As you can see our buildings and outdoor patios are all safe from flooding and not affected.”
But the number of boat-in diners has been affected.
“Definitely the slow no wake does affect boat traffic,” von Rutenberg said. “Especially with Mendota being a 10 thousand acre lake. Most people don’t want to go slow no wake across that big of a surface.”
von Rutenberg believes the flooding can actually help business.
“We’ve had some people come out because of the flooding, they want to see what it’s all about,” von Rutenberg said.
Just a few feet away from the Mariner’s Inn is Betty Lou Cruises and people weren’t letting the rain keep them off the water.
“We’re going to make the most of it,” said Al Spaepe
Al Spaepe got the cruise pass as a gift.
“I’ve never been on a cruise before so I’m gonna like it!,” Spaepe said.
The scattered showers couldn’t dampen his mood.
“There’s a few raindrops coming down but we can handle that,” Spaepe said.
The slow no wake could be looked at as a positive by some cruise-goers.
“Some people even like it because it’s a little bit more peaceful on the lake during the cruise,” von Rutenberg said.
Von Rutenberg is hoping for a nice fall people can continue to enjoy eating by the lake.