Committee forgives loan for new Mustard Museum owner

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - The National Mustard Museum in Middleton will be staying open after a Dane County committee decided Thursday night to forgive the balance of an existing loan.

Museum owner Barry Levenson said he is in the process of selling the museum, but the county must approve the sale and take a $124,000 loss on a loan it approved for the museum's move from Mount Horeb to its current location on Hubbard Street in downtown Middleton.

The mustard-themed shop and memorabilia collection, which gained national attention after being featured on "Late Night with David Letterman" in 2015, is not generating enough money to stay open, Levenson said. Even if the museum closed, the money he would make selling its assets wouldn't cover the loan.

The county's community development block grant commission voted Thursday night to forgive the remaining loan balance as long as the museum remains in Dane County for at least five years.

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