The original zinc gray dog
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Live Music @ Gray Dog Wine Bar
The Pointer dog looking out over Mineral Point
We have some of the best homemade soups on the planet!
Early days in Hight Street, Mineral Point
image courtesy of the Mineral Point Historical Society
My husband Ted and I have taken great pleasure in renovating what was formerly known as the Gundry & Gray building.
It was my dream to live in Wisconsin, and Ted graciously agreed to come on board with everything that dream entailed!
The two of us love this town for many reasons: the wonderfully preserved 18th and 19th Century architecture, its history, the friendliness of the residents, and the fact that people live here because they really want to.
We purchased the Gundry & Gray building in December of 2010, and knew we wanted to be involved in food and hospitality.
Rather than superimposing our plans on the building, we allowed the space to dictate itself to us. The consequent renovation happened with a huge amount of support and physical labor from our friends and family.
Our first venture, GRAY DOG DELI, is located directly under 23 Steps Inn. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Every Friday night, the GRAY DOG WINE BAR features live music by fantastically talented musicians from the Driftless Region, and indeed, all over the country.
We specialize in traditional, country, old family recipes, using high quality ingredients. Everything we serve is fresh, healthy, natural and, wherever possible, organic and locally sourced.
We delight in living in this historic building, It acts as a perfect antidote to the pressures, hustle and bustle of the modern world. There is a strong and comforting sense of the past that wraps itself cozily around us.
The original zinc dog perched above the store remains one of Mineral Point’s treasured landmarks. Joseph Gundry and John Gray were both from Cornwall, and it was a British custom to help identify stores by using statues of animals, in much the same way that cigar stores were once identified by wooden Indians.
Weighing 450lbs, the dog depicts a French Blood Hound, and was manufactured by J.W. Fistke Iron Works in New York.
The pointing hound, and the name, Mineral Point, seem to have gone hand in hand to create the high school mascot and the name, Pointers.
Ted & I welcome you to 23 Steps Inn.
We hope your stay with us is all you hope it to be.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Some of our fave Pointer musicians
Your hosts, Lynnea & Ted Lauffer
Gray Dog Deli's famous Ruben Samdwich and home made 'slaw