Starting a project in a restaurant is much like doing one at home.

   You think of one area to fix, and then?

   “It just snowballed,” Mary Rowley said with a laugh.

   That’s exactly what happened at her long-time Green Lake establishment, the Goose Blind.

   “The biggest thing was we needed to do the kitchen floor. We’d put it off a couple years, and it was cracking — it’s just not fun to work in that environment,” she said of the original tile-and-grout floor, complete with a Goose Blind sign, that had been in place since 1987. “It had a great life. That was the big thing; we had to close for that.”

   But that got her thinking.

   “‘Well, if we’re closed ... What can I do to make a big, noticeable difference?’” she recalled wondering to herself. “And [the project] just snowballed.”

   When the downtown Green Lake favorite reopened Jan. 13 after 12 days closed, customers were treated with much more than just an updated kitchen in which their meals were prepared.

   They walked into a whole new Goose Blind, from floor to ceiling.

Read the full story, including details of the new reclaimed wood wall, in the Feb. 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.