MADISON (WKOW) — Shattered glass, piles of insulation, and other debris coat the inside of Stalzy’s Deli more than a week after rags caught fire in the kitchen, causing massive damage to the building.
“There’s quite a bit of damage to sort through and figure out here,” said co-owner Corbin Reynolds.
Little of the debris has been touched as insurance paperwork continues to be processed. In the meantime, Reynolds says he’s persevered alongside his employees.
“It’s been a trying experience,” he said. “We’ve tried to stick together. We’ve been in communication with all of our great employees as far as finding them temporary employment and working with them on how they can move forward during this process.”
Reynolds helped start the deli nine years ago. When it was in flames last Sunday night, he says it felt a whirlwind.
“A lot of different emotions depending on one minute to the next,” he said.
Even though the recovery process is slow, Reynolds says he’s focusing on the positives.
He’s been working with another local kitchen to get wholesale bread production back up by the end of this week, and Stalzy’s will make an appearance next month at the Monona Farmers Market.
“Just to kind of have that presence out there and let people know that Stalzy’s is still operating to our fullest ability right now,” Reynolds said.
Stalzy’s is a local favorite, and the community support has been unbelievable. More than $12,000 have been raised so far on a GoFundMe page.
“That certainly has been overwhelming as far as the amount of support that we’ve generated in a short period of time,” Reynolds said. “There are going to be some things not covered by our insurance… So every one of those dollars will go towards opening up as soon as we can and being back bigger and better than ever.”
Reynolds says he was initially told it would be 90 to 120 days before the deli could be completely back open, but as things have so far been going smoothly, he says it could be open sooner.