Plans for Lodge, Restaurant and Convention Center in Mauston

by Diane Dahl

There were smiles and applause at Wednesday's Planning Committee Meeting in Mauston as members unanimously approved a conditional use permit to Ron Jr. and Tim Brunner for a group development project. The Lodge in Mauston is tentatively slated to have 61 rooms, a 500- capacity convention center and an upscale restaurant. Some of the rooms will be extended stay. There will be private dining and meeting rooms.

“We felt there was a corporate niche that wasn't being filled. Ron was tired of having to take customers to the Dells for fine dining. And, frankly, clients are tired of the noise of waterparks and children. Our intent is not to be competition to area motels but to hopefully add to those who think of staying in Mauston—a community resource for Juneau County. As for the restaurant . . . we are looking at a kind of 'farm-to-table', with unprocessed food. “Also, we want to establish relationships with local caterers. If you have a wedding event and want your aunt to cater it, you'll be able to do that. There will be a separate caterer's kitchen and a space outside for grills,” said Tim Brunner. “This is a new venture for us and I'm excited. We'll be looking to hire an experienced manager and chef.”

Architectural Design Consultants (ADCI), Lake Delton, is working with the Brunners on the project. It will be at least six to eight weeks to get state approval of the plans and it was emphasized that the plans are preliminary, changes may have to happen. The property is located on the corner of Gateway and Powers Avenues.