Don't miss these upcoming events at Barrel Room!
Did you know?
. . . Barrel Room offers Off Sale Wines with a 10% discount off 6 packs or more?
. . . Barrel Room has many retail items ... perfect gifts for the holidays and any day?
. . . Barrel Room would love to host your holiday, graduation, birthday or retirement party?
. . . Barrel Room offers Open Mic Nights?
. . . Barrel Room gives back to the community through Guest Server Nights? Click on the links below to learn more!
Tuesdays: Date Night EVERY Tuesday, no corking fee
Wednesdays: 2nd and 4th is Open Mic Night 7-10 pm ... come to share or come to listen
Guest Server Opportunities: Apply now for 2017 by October 1, 2016!
See link to application and procedure below:
Tuesday-Saturday: 2 pm - 10 pm
About Barrel Room...
Rick and Mary Bygd have a passion for many things including each other, their families, traveling, the outdoors and wine. One thing they especially enjoy is sitting down after work and enjoying a nice glass of wine and good conversation. The opportunities to do this outside their home were very limited. So, in 2012 they established MR Wine LLC with thoughts about wine tasting or some kind of business venture around wine. They started putting together a business plan and got connected with a SCORE mentor. The day a realty sign appeared in the window of 320 Main, they thought perhaps it was a sign to get busy. Market research and a primary data survey confirmed that Menomonie was indeed ready to support a wine bar. In addition, they witnessed success with a similar business, Wine Guyz in LaCrosse, WI. The owner supported their ideas and confirmed a solid and successful business model. With the help of MANY, their dream becomes a reality in August 2014!
Their business philosophy centers on the customer and the community and includes the following:
- To allow customers to enjoy a glass of wine and learn what they like.
- To serve as a resource for wine education and recommendations.
- To build and foster positive and professional relationships within the community.
- To develop a reputation for excellent customer service, great selection, an appealing store environment and fair prices.
Barrel Room is a place for theatre goers, the after work crowd and those out for the evening. Barrel Room is a place to explore new things and discover new wines in a comfortable environment within an historic building in downtown Menomonie. Rick and Mary look forward to meeting and serving Menomonie area residents and visitors!
Free parking after 4 PM on city streets and city lot number 2 directly behind Barrel Room
About Our Building:
Rick and Mary take great pride in the restoration of their building at 320 Main, Menomonie, WI. The property was originally founded in 1855 by John H. Knapp, Henry Stout, Andrew Tainter and Thomas Wilson. The building was constructed in the early 1900’s and is believed to have started as a meat market/grocery store as evidenced by the outline of the words on the wall (apples, juices, etc.). There were few owners over the years. It was once named the O.K. Ranum Building. Reed’s Shoes was established in the building in the 1940’s under the ownership of Mr. James Reed. The building was entered in the historical registry as the Reed’s Shoe Building. In 1969, Robert and Sandy Ott purchased the building and business which operated into the 1990’s. In the roughly 40 year history of Reed’s Shoes, these were the only two owners. After Reed’s Shoes closed, Ms. Sandy Ott opened MsEllaneous in 1994, a ladies boutique, which she operated until November 2013 and Rick and Mary purchased the building in April 2014.
During the restoration process, many discoveries were made including the following:
- There was at least one fire in the building (perhaps two) There were the remnants of the meat market with faded lettering on the mortar walls which covered the brick
- A meat hanging hook in the original back entry
- Mary’s 85 year old uncle remembers working at the meat market and tells how he used to have to butcher chickens while the owner ran across the street for a beer
- Shoe business items such as a wooden spool of leather thread, a small polish brush and an old shoe horn
- Charred wood, wood floors, a skylight and tin ceiling remnants
- Treasures in the dirt floor including medicine bottles, an ink well, bottle caps and the like
- Mr. Magoo written with a child’s hand
- A love letter
- Hospital Insurance mailing to Mr. Jim Reed which offered coverage for “Maternity and Female Disorders,” ambulance for $25, hospitalization for up to 90 days and unlimited penicillin and anesthesia
Countless hours were spent cleaning brick, ceiling and floors. Many family and friends gave of their time, energy, food, ideas and encouragement along the way. The building is beautiful and full of rich history but it’s also very personal to Rick and Mary and their families and friends as well as to the previous owners. We hope it becomes a place our patrons will feel comfortable and will enjoy visiting.