March 15, 2021 – West Bend, WI – On Friday, March 12, 2021 a story was posted on WashingtonCountyInsider.com about the sale of Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen in West Bend.
Business owner Travis Dowden provided an update today regarding questions on gift cards and his final day in business. He also put to rest any rumors regarding the future of his other restaurant in Cedar Creek and said Bibinger’s is here to stay.
On Friday, March 12, 2021 local business owner Jeremy Hahn applied for the liquor license for that establishment, 110 Wisconsin Street.
“I was just looking to expand downtown,” said Hahn. “I got a jump on it and it is truly turnkey and we won’t have to spend a lot to get it going.”
Hahn is familiar with the bar-and-restaurant industry as the current owner of The Garden Lounge, Boardroom, and The Inferno in downtown West Bend.
Hahn said his chef at The Inferno is classically trained in Italian cooking. “He ran Buca di Beppo in Milwaukee for 10 years so it could be a good fit,” Hahn said.
As far as the menu is concerned, Hahn sees things remaining Italian but will try to push for a lunch crowd. “We’re going to have a special with burgers but I’m not 100% yet.”
Hahn purchased the business and the building. An inventory check is happening Monday, March 15. “I was told everything comes with in the deal including furnishings, plates, everything,” he said.
Questioned whether the name would change, Hahn said it would but it was too early to say what it would be.
That building has been through multiple changes since it was physically moved in 2009 from it’s home on W. Washington Street.
Once in place on Wisconsin Street owners Melanie and Ray Schafer made it until 2011. A civil suit was filed in April 2012 by Westbury Bank. Eventually the property went up for sale.
Kevin and Amy Zimmer eventually purchased the property. The Binkery was changed to Dublin’s and business owner Todd Ceman ran the Irish establishment until early 2018.
In July 2018, Bibinger’s owner Travis Dowden announced Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen.
Pronounced cool-lah-chino, the modern Italian restaurant is the homegrown concept of Bibinger’s owner Travis Dowden. Designed to deliver Italian-inspired, honest cooking, with an emphasis on using the highest quality ingredients, locally-sourced whenever possible.
Located in the heart of West Bend (110 Wisconsin Street), the new Italian space will serve lunch and dinner six days a week; Monday’s they will be closed. The menu will offer made-from-scratch pastas and sauces, wood-fired pizzas cooked to perfection in a stone oven, classic Italian dishes, as well as seasonal specials.