PIPESTONE ― After being closed for more than seven months, Pipestone's Historic Calumet Inn is again welcoming customers.
"We've taken a pretty big financial blow," Calumet owner Tammy Grubbs explained,
The city of Pipestone ordered the building closed in March, demanding that some minor repairs be made before authorizing the hotel and restaurant to reopen. However, it was difficult to finance those repairs when the business wasn't bringing in any income.
"Seven months is a long time to struggle," Grubbs said.
The community, though, showed up for the historic space, both financially and emotionally. Volunteers protested the city council's decision, raised funds to pay for the needed repairs and even did some of the labor themselves. When it looked like there was no hope, Grubbs recalled, community members helped her persevere.
"We really appreciate all the community support," Grubbs said. "I don't know what we would have done without them."
When efforts to make the small repairs were successful, Grubbs could finally plan to reopen the business. Other area businesses have been operating under COVID restrictions for months now, but because the Calumet was closed before those were issued, Grubbs has had to quickly learn and adjust to the new rules.
The Calumet hosted a soft reopening Nov. 7, with a limited menu and only a certain number of hotel rooms available. The business will slowly reopen back to capacity as COVID restrictions eventually lift.
For the last week and a half, the to-go food menu has been popular among Pipestone area residents. Offering burgers, steak, chicken and dessert, the Calumet is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11-2 p.m. for lunch and 5-8 p.m. for dinner. Call or text (507) 215-4096 to order.