May 17, 2022 – West Bend, WI – It’s been a storied history for the building at 110 Wisconsin Street in West Bend, Wi and another chapter is about to turn as the restaurant knows as Vino has closed.
The announcement came via postings on social media on Monday, May 16, 2022. It was later confirmed by one of the owners, Jeremy Hahn… now a former owner.
“I have decided to sell my interests in Vino to my business partner Gary Bacon,” wrote Hahn in a statement to WashingtonCountyInsider.com. “I am not a restaurateur, so I am going to keep focused on promoting my bars Downtown West Bend. I have big plans to make our amazing downtown even more amazing. We have a great community that we need to keep investing into.”
Hahn owns several other establishments downtown including The Garden Lounge, The Boardroom, 6th Avenue BBQ, and in December 2021 he purchased the former Bank One building on Highway 33.
Calls have been placed to owner Gary Bacon and the story will be updated when information becomes available.
Vino Con Volo Bar + Italian Kitchen initially opened June 21, 2021, following the sale April 5, 2021 of the former Culaccino’s to Hahn and Bacon. The property was previously owned by Kevin and Amy Zimmer.
The sale price for the location in 2021 was $675,000.
The previous sale to the Zimmer’s was in April 2018 for about $255,000. The building was then home to Dublin’s; prior to that it was The Binkery.
Known initially as Vino Con Volo Bar + Italian Kitchen, the menu focused on a variety of pasta, fish, pizza, and panini’s.
By September 2021 award-winning chef Duncan MacDonald was brought in to help take the food up a notch. A new menu was also unveiled featuring items like grilled salmon over asparagus with a vinaigrette salad, Yummy Pesto Orzo with scallops seared in duck fat, finished in black summer truffle oil and lemon zest.
In January 2022 the gaming machines were removed from the business, the name was shortened to Vino and Sean Lyon was brought in to help change the menu.
Vino also expanded its expertise in the kitchen by inviting chefs from outside the area.
Now, May 2022 and more change as it appears the staff has been let go and the restaurant has closed for now. The Vino website has been removed along with its page on social media.
Hahn indicated Bacon would reopen the restaurant at a future date; he could only make assumptions about the menu/theme of the restaurant.
This is a working story, and more details will be posted when information becomes available.