Restaurant will be returning to former site of The Treasury

The Treasury sits empty after it closed a few years ago in downtown Ripon.

The Treasury, 114 Watson St., may be on the verge of opening its vaults once again.

The building that once housed a fine-dining restaurant, which has been closed since 2007, has been purchased by Ripon-native David Dolata.

But he didn’t stop there.

With an eye on the long-term viability of the business, he’s also purchased the two adjacent buildings at 112 and 116 Watson St., so that the restaurant has room to grow if needed.

This means that, when Dolata re-opens the business, it will have an expanded kitchen, room for a possible outdoor patio and a better chance at survival than past iterations of the business. It could open sometime mid-year, though he has not been decided whether he will maintain the name, “The Treasury.”

This is also the realization of a quarter-century-old dream of his family to own that property.

“I looked at that building with my father about 20-25 years ago, and just fell in love with the building then,” Dolata said. “It just didn’t work out then.”

Read the full story in the Feb. 10, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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