Graystone Ale House

In the bar/restaurant business, having people to depend on—wait staff, bartenders, vendors—is critical to success. “Dependable” is the word that Jess Miller, Managing Partner with the Graystone Ale House, uses to describe Denmark State Bank. “They have a culture of excellent customer service,” says Jess. “If I have a question, whether for our business banker, Ryan Johanek, or someone else within the (Bellevue) branch, I can depend on their prompt response.”

As a high schooler, Jess opened his first checking and savings account at Denmark State Bank. When he bought his father’s share of The Bar on Lime Kiln in 1988, the bank was there to help. The bar/restaurant enterprise can be a risk for some banks to finance, but Denmark State Bank was willing to support Jess’ investment into the family business.

Fast forward 25 years…as the plans for the Graystone Ale House were discussed, Jess knew it would be comfortable and straightforward to work with Denmark State Bank. “My banker did all of the background work for us to ensure the real estate purchase and business loans were in order,” says Jess. The Graystone opened in 2010 and remains a successful, local gathering place in the Ledgeview/De Pere area.

The positive relationship between Jess and Denmark State Bank continues. “Having a good relationship with Ryan and the others at the bank makes it easy,” says Jess. “It’s usually a simple phone call to make it convenient for our employees or other partners to take care of any banking need.”

Jess Miller – Managing Partner, Graystone Ale House