Dane County town considers historic designation for Nau-Ti-Gal restaurant

The town of Westport, located on the north shore of Lake Mendota in Dane County, is considering an application to designate the former Nau-Ti-Gal Restaurant as a historic preservation site, according to a report from the Waunakee Tribune.

The Westport Historic Preservation Commission recommended the town board designate the building and property at 5350 Westport Road as historic after a Jan. 5 public hearing. The site was most recently home to the Nau-Ti-Gal restaurant until it closed last spring, at which point the town began looking at a proposed apartment complex at the location.

The current property owner, Starboard Land Company, disputes the application for historic status based on a claim that the property does not meet the National Park Service’s criteria for landmark designation.