On Pure Nebraska, we enjoy seeing old buildings that are being repurposed in a new way. We found a great building in Syracuse that used to be a bank, and now is being used as a winery. On Pure Nebraska, we enjoy seeing old buildings that are being re-purposed in a new way. We found a great building in Syracuse that used to be a bank, and now is being used as a winery.
Brian Rundquist is a co-owner of the Safehouse Winery in Syracuse along with his wife, his parents, and her parents. The group has a vineyard near Sterling, Nebraska, and the old bank building in Syracuse is the storefront. Brian says his dad started getting interested in wineries, and what started as a bit of a hobby, has blossomed into a unique small town business.
"The building was built in 1886 as the Bank of Syracuse. It was the second bank in town, and it closed in 1931," Brian said. "Since then, it's been many things, everything from a quilt shop, to a cell phone store, to a bar." But Brian and his family has now taken the building back to it's original look, bringing out the exposed brick, and showing off the beautiful, original wood floors. "You can tell where the teller would stand, there are some indentations. You can put your feet where his feet were, and look out the window where he might have been standing," Brian said.
The bank building in Syracuse is the only place where you can purchase the Safehouse wines. The business is open the second and fourth Saturdays of every month.