Amici Italian Café of Madison is officially open at its new location on Jefferson Street in the historic Livery building. The iconic building, which used to house Madison Hardware & Supply Store, has been restored and transformed into a new-and-improved Amici’s Italian Café. The 10,000 square-foot building has tripled the size of Amici’s previous location.
Mike Torino, owner of Madison’s Amici’s Italian Café, hopes the new location, which is right across the street from Town Park, will become the new “social hub” of Madison.
“Our old place was known as Madison’s living room. Well, our new place will be a new living room for Madison,” said Torino. “We envision this as a destination place for the community—a place for people to come and hang out and enjoy themselves.”
Amici’s held a special open house event last Sunday to allow the public a glimpse of the new facility.
“At least several hundred people came through on Sunday,” said Torino. The Café officially opened at its new location Monday, April 23.
At the new location, customers will now be able to enjoy Amici’s popular menu in an expanded and updated environment. The new location features a larger kitchen with state-of-the-art culinary equipment, a private dining area for up to 55 guests, outdoor seating, a small brewery, a full bar, a fire pit, and a Bocce court.
Construction began last year on the Livery building, after a long planning process to ensure the project would make all parties involved proud.
Mike Torino collaborated with Mike Conrads, owner of the Hardware and Supply Building, as well as the City of Madison to protect the historical integrity of the building. Torino and Conrads worked with historic preservation agencies at the local, state and federal level to ensure the building, which is more than 100-years-old, was adequately preserved during the construction process. The lead architect for the project, Joe Smith, and Seiber and Associates, another architecture firm working on the project, and Andy Couch, the contractor, diligently planned for the reuse and repurposing of the building’s original materials, such as the bricks and flooring.
“We are super excited to finally get this project launched and we are happy to reclaim this building and make it part of the community once again,” said Chris Torino, vice president brand development for Amici’s.
An official grand opening celebration is being planned for sometime in May. In the meantime, the public can head over to Amici’s to enjoy the signature cuisine, freshly brewed beer and enhanced atmosphere.