Nathan Matter (left) and Benji Nichols stand at the entrance to Courtyard & Cellar. (Submitted photo)
Nathan Matter (left) and Benji Nichols stand at the entrance to Courtyard & Cellar. (Submitted photo)
A new business will be opening later this winter in the historic lower level of the Armory Building in downtown Decorah.

Courtyard & Cellar will be the year-round continuation of the popular but seasonal Courtyard beer and wine garden, opened by Decorah's Nathan Matter in 2012.

Matter, along with business partner Benji Nichols, plan to utilize the long-storied cellar space of the Armory building, offering small plates unique craft beer and wine selections in an equally unique environment. Courtyard & Cellar will also offer large-format bottles and 'growler' fills of select craft beers on a carryout basis.

Courtyard & Cellar has launched a Kickstarter.com crowd funding campaign to help spearhead the transformation of the space. By backing the project, supporters receive awards that range from admission to a sneak-preview party this winter to a Swabian Hall Hog Roast with Iowa's famed Rustik Rooster Farms, or a special "Armory Edition" SALT/WATER pop-up dinner with Decorah Chef Justin Scardina. Other rewards feature items that can easily ship cross-country, like custom Courtyard & Cellar beer growlers and "Driftless" posters from Ardvar.com.

The lower level of the turn-of-the-century Armory building features large, rustic beams and limestone walls, and Matter and Nichols plan to create intimate settings for small groups as well as educational wine and beer tastings, weekly trivia nights and occasional live music events.

For more information visit: kickstarter.com/projects/varma/courtyard-and-cellar-a-tap-shop-and-patio-in-downt.