Renovated new event center in Mount Horeb offers additional opportunities on first floor

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Renovated new event center in Mount Horeb offers additional opportunities on first floor

MOUNT HOREB, WISC. (EXCERPTS FROM MADISON.COM): A former farm implement building is coming back to life as another example of redevelopment and growth in downtown Mount Horeb. Vandewalle & Associates has been assisting the city with the downtown planning and economic development.

Situated just across the street from the new corporate headquarters for Duluth Trading Company, the former John Deere dealership has seen extensive renovation inside, while the brick outside has been stripped of vines and the retro John Deere advertising repainted. The 4,500-square-foot second floor of the building, constructed in 1912, has transformed into an event space. Owner Steve Grundahl currently is seeking a restaurant tenant for the similarly-sized first floor. Ideally, he’d like to see a business that caters to an evening crowd, something lacking in the village. He has thoughts of a supper club or steakhouse but is open to other concepts that would build the night life in Mount Horeb. 

“We’re really trying to build momentum and change things in downtown Mount Horeb, and this was an opportunity to get involved in a deeper way,” Grundahl said. 

Grundahl, 49, grew up on a dairy farm, is a 1987 graduate of Mount Horeb High School, owns Midwest Prototyping in Blue Mounds, and is a member of the Mount Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation. He sold the land to Duluth Holdings for its massive headquarters across the street and is excited about other developments in the village, including Brix Cider, which opened last week next to Duluth, and the return of Gempler’s, a catalog and web retailer that sells clothing, tools, and other agricultural equipment. Read the full Wisconsin State Journal article here. 

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