Madison Inn re-opens

About two years ago, Northern Virginia retiree Mike Riley sounded like a man on a mission when he talked about renovating and opening the old Madison Inn in the former Beulah's space on Madison's Main Street.

"I plan on doing this until I drop," Riley, 54, told the Hook. "We want to create a place for the community that will be here for years. That's what we're going to nurture."

However, last November Riley and his wife, Susan, closed the inn abruptly, unable to survive financially on the small town's main drag. Apparently, that was quite a blow to the Madison dinning scene. According to an article in The Madison Eagle, the town's meal tax revenue was halved when the inn closed.

Well, it looks like Madisonites are having none of it. According to the same story in the Eagle, locals pressured the Riley's to re-open for months, even calling the couple at home to make mock reservations. So, with a new business plan (do some catering, dinner only on Saturday, new hours), and a new chef, the Riley's plan to reopen the Madison Inn on Thursday, April 24.

Indeed, Riley just might be doing this until he drops.

The Madison Inn
217 N. Main Street
Madison, Virginia.
540-948-5095
www.madisoninnva.com