West Allis wine shop doubling in size

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After three successful years, brothers Joseph and Frank LaSusa are expanding their West Allis wine tasting room to add more retail, a bar and outdoor seating.

Corvina Wine Co., 6038 W. Lincoln Ave., opened in November 2012 and occupies about 1,200 square feet. The LaSusa brothers recently received approval from the city of West Allis to build a 700-square-foot wine garden outside of the building and convert a 1,200-square-foot residential unit on the second floor of the building into more retail space and a tasting room.

The building has been in the LaSusa family since the 1930s. The family ran an Italian grocery store from the 1930s to 1970s. Frank and Joseph’s grandfather operated a print shop, Snappy Print, out of the building for many years after the grocery store closed.

Both brothers worked in pharmaceuticals before following their passion and pursuing a career in the wine business.

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“Wine has always been part of our gatherings with friends and family,” said Frank LaSusa. “This expansion will allow our guests to enjoy their favorite wines with family and friends in an intimate winery room or outside in the wine garden.”

The LaSusas are currently meeting with contractors and hope to have the expansion complete by the end of 2015.

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