The generations of family history inside a bygone Tosa tavern

The generations of family history inside a bygone Tosa tavern

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The memory of Hausch's Tavern lives on

Even when a building is torn down, its story remains — at least if OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo has anything to do with it.

For this week’s episode of Urban Spelunking, we head to Wauwatosa to learn about one family’s popular bar on State Street, Hausch’s Tavern.

Drive past the site today and you’ll find a luxury apartment development, with a new pizza joint on the first floor, alongside the railroad tracks near Hart Park. No trace of the family or the business to be seen.

But as Bobby was researching a different article, he came across evidence of Hausch’s. He interviewed the family and uncovered a shoebox-full of original photos for this week’s column.

He learned how the family depended on that building for its livelihood. The tavern was open for roughly 60 years, including a brief stint as a grocery store during Prohibition.

It’s a reminder of how every building — standing or not — tells a story.

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