An Italian Restaurant in West Bend

ABOUT

 
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Pronounced

cool-lah-chino

Culaccino is the Italian word for the mark left on the table by a cold glass. While there is no actual translation in English, our hope is to become a place of gathering for friends and that the name – Culaccino - will come to stand for the lasting memories our patrons have at our restaurant.

Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen is located in the heart of West Bend (110 Wisconsin Street) serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Our menu offers made-from-scratch pastas and sauces, wood-fired pizzas cooked to perfection, classic Italian dishes as well as seasonal specials. 

We also offer a full-service bar, featuring a unique tap system for 12 hand-selected wines and a few signature craft cocktails that offer a twist on classic Italian drinks. 

The modern Italian restaurant is the homegrown concept of Bibinger’s owner Travis Dowden.


 
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Our History 

The history of Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen dates back far longer than you may think. Built in 1906, the building itself has been renovated, relocated and owned by several families and businesses. Originally located on Silverbrook Drive and West Washington Street, the building was a farmhouse for 50 years built with ornate woodwork. It's first (yes, first!) move was in the early 1950s when the house was relocated down the road to 1710 W. Washington St. and converted into a duplex. In 1979, Franz “Bink” Steinbach and his two sisters bought the building and remodeled it into a bar and eatery called The Binkery which was the first time the building became open to the public. In 2009, the Binkery was one of four buildings scheduled for demolition to make way for a Walgreens pharmacy. Tenants Melanie and Raymond Schafer bought the building and moved it to 110 Wisconsin St where it stands today. The Schafers reopened the Binkery in 2010, expanding the building to 3,700 square feet.

The Binkery ultimately closed down which made its way for new owners, Kevin and Amy Zimmer, who renovated the property bringing it back to its former glory. In August 2013, partners Todd and Jamie Ceman and David and Kristen Toman, owners of Dublin’s Irish Pub in Oshkosh, signed an operating agreement to open a second Dublin's location. Dublin's became a loved tavern in the West Bend community offering a wide variety of tap beers set in an historic property but ultimately closed in 2018.

On October 16, 2018, Culaccino Italian Bar + Kitchen opened its doors to the West Bend community, embracing the incredible history of the building and reinvigorating the stunning woodwork and craftsmanship on the interior. Culaccino owner Travis Dowden, also responsible for the beautifully renovated and thriving Bibinger's restaurant in West Bend (which also underwent a monumental transformation of a historic property by the Zimmer's) hopes to leave a lasting mark on the history of the building and on the West Bend community.