A new addition to downtown Baraboo might otherwise appear to be 90 years old.
Tin Roof Dairy owners Mike and Jennifer Yount said they wanted to communicate “an old-world feeling” in the décor of their ice cream shop that opened Friday in downtown Baraboo.
So they utilized dark hardwoods for their flooring and furniture, marble countertops and dim lighting — all for the purpose of fitting in with their neighbors.
“I think it’s natural to downtown Baraboo,” Mike Yount said of the minimalist décor. “The courthouse and many of the buildings on the Square were built in the late 1800s.
“Baraboo is a quaint, old-world type of place with really friendly folks and a lot of activities that revolve around the downtown, and we wanted to be part of that community.”
Tin Roof Dairy offers patrons 32 flavors of ice cream from Madison’s Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company. The flavors range from Mike Yount’s favorite of Blue Moon to Jennifer Yount’s favorite of “This Just Got Serious,” a conglomeration of caramel, fudge and cashews.
“I also like Mint Chocolate Chip,” Jennifer Yount said. “I have several favorites.”
Traditional and specialty flavors supplement several dairy-free and gluten-free options, and the restaurant also features a barista system that produces a full line of espresso drinks: cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and more.
Soon it will soon carry six homemade sodas and 10 highly carbonated flavored drinks called “phosphates.”
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“The old-fashioned sodas from a fountain are really what a 1930s parlor revolved around,” Mike Yount said of his antique soda machine that’s currently being rebuilt. He expects it to be ready in late July.
“Once it’s up, it will be a perfect centerpiece.”
At more than 2,000 square feet, their restaurant is bigger than your typical ice cream parlor, the Younts said. It seats up to 49 people including eight bar-stool seats and a party room that can be reserved for up to 12 people.
On a wall inside their party room is a circus-themed mural by local artist Laura Annis, and as soon as next week, a model train will cruise around the track built just below the party room’s ceiling.
“I think we’re offering something different, something Baraboo hasn’t had before,” Jennifer Yount said of the only non-chain ice cream store in Baraboo — a true mom-and-pop that employs 10 people. “This is a great community and we wanted to give back to them.”
Tin Roof Dairy is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. The Younts are hoping for busier crowds in the mornings, once the community becomes more familiar with their roughly 20 coffee options and becomes more familiar with the owners themselves.
Mike Yount served 26 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army National Guard before he retired from the military about a year ago and Jennifer Yount works for the educational software company Renaissance Learning in Madison. They’ve lived in Baraboo for 16 years and have raised two children who recently graduated from Baraboo High School.
“The community has been so supportive of us already. They’re spreading the word,” Jennifer Yount said of their initial experience as downtown business owners. “The people we’ve talked to seem really excited that we’ve opened and we hope more people will visit us soon. Please come in and enjoy some ice cream and enjoy the experience.”