Biz Buzz Monday: SW Wisconsin inn under new ownership

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Biz Buzz shares business tidbits from the tri-states. In addition to this development from Potosi, Wis., we will share other news in Tuesday’s edition.

POTOSI, Wis. — A southwest Wisconsin inn is under new ownership.

A couple, Cole Brandt and MaKenzie Jochum, recently purchased The Potosi Inn at 102 N. Main St. The five-room inn is situated on the second level of the downtown building hosuing Twisted Vines Pub & Eatery.

The inn also is located near several other local amenities, including Whispering Bluffs Winery, Potosi Brewing Company and several nature trails.

“It’s a nice little hidden gem,” Brandt said of the inn. “It’s close to a lot of the local activities (and) a lot of great places to eat or just get outside and relax.”

Brandt and Jochum are travel fanatics and have stayed in a variety of short-term lodgings across the Midwest. When The Potosi Inn went up for sale, Brandt said it seemed like an opportunity to put those experiences to good use.

Each of the inn’s five rooms has its own bedroom and bathroom, and four are equipped with a small kitchen and seating area. The rooms are available for short- or long-term stays, depending on visitors’ needs.

“We’ve seen construction workers here for various projects or traveling nurses who are here for a few months,” Brandt said. “There’s definitely that longer-term option because it’s almost like a little apartment.”

Jochum added that both she and Brandt have experience working in the service industry at area bars, restaurants and supper clubs. The jump to another sector of the hospitality industry seemed like a “no-brainer,” she said, as well as an opportunity to further connect with the Grant County community.

“It’s all about treating people how you want to be treated,” she said. “We’ve stayed at so many Airbnbs or hotels over the years, and we want to treat our visitors to the same experience we like to receive.”

Booking is now open for The Potosi Inn and can be completed online at or by calling 563-581-2120. Additional information also is available on The Potosi Inn Facebook page.