Michael’s Frozen Custard at risk of closing due to deportation

The beloved Madison store, Michael’s Frozen Custard may possibly close forever since the owner’s husband was deported. Michael Dix and John Keuhl opened the shop on Monroe Street in 1986. A huge success, Michael’s expanded to two other Madison locations. Sadly, Keuhl passed away in 1993. 

Since then, Dix met Serio De La O Hernandez, an undocumented Madison resident. Hernandez came to the U.S. illegally over three decades ago to find work. He became an integral part of the Michael’s business, working in managing the three locations. Hernandez has a college-aged daughter who lives in the United States. Dix and Hernandez married in 2015. 

Dix sponsored Hernandez so he could obtain a visa, but when in Mexico for his interview, he was denied a visa and was not allowed to re-enter the U.S. Dix is currently in Mexico with his husband, but there are concerns over his health if he must move to Mexico permanently. 

This year, the Michael’s business has had significant losses due to the absence of Hernandez and Dix. The Monroe Street location was closed on September 9th. The other locations are in jeopardy if Hernandez cannot receive a visa. Madison residents were asked to write letters to legislators explaining the positive impact of Michael’s on the Madison community in hopes of strengthening their case. If you wish to support Dix and Hernandez, please visit one of the two other Michael’s locations at 3826 Atwood Avenue and 5026 Schroeder Road.

By Amira Pierotti

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