The Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce's largest annual event is right around the corner and a few familiar businesses around town will be honored.
The chamber's annual Community Showcase and Social is scheduled for Jan. 28 at the Radisson Hotel, 2303 N. Mayfair Road ,and Bartolotta Restaurants will be honored at the event.
Co-owners of Bartolotta Restaurants Joe and Paul Bartolotta, who own 11 restaurants around the Milwaukee area, are both natives of Wauwatosa, said Terry Estness of the chamber. In 1993, the brothers opened Ristorante Bartolotta, their flagship restaurant, in a historic Pabst Brewery building in the heart of the Village of Wauwatosa.
Bartolotta Restaurants have since opened Pizzeria Piccola, in 2003, and most recently, manage the fast-casual dining spot Osgood's at The Mayfair Collection, with three more of their restaurants expected to open at the shopping destination later this year.
'That's part of what makes Wauwatosa a dining destination,' Estness said. 'The reality is the Bartolotta restaurants have a presence in the greater Milwaukee area.'
The chief financial officer and managing partner for the restaurant company, Keith Trafton, is expected to deliver an address to attendees of the social and showcase about what makes Wauwatosa such a unique place to operate a business.
Other companies to be awarded for their work in 2015 that night include Black Shoe Hospitality, the partnership behind restaurants like Maxie's, Blue's Egg and Story Hill BKC, which will receive the Regional Impact Award.
'Obviously it's an entrepreneurial situation,' Estness said. 'Each of their restaurants has been recognized for excellence. And they do a substantial amount of charity work throughout the region.'
Allume Architects, which recently relocated to Elm Grove to accommodate company growth, will receive the Civic Appreciation Award. The award recognizes involvement in the community, and the company's involvement has expanded well beyond Wauwatosa, Estness said.
Lastly, Galbraith Carnahan Architects will receive the Small Business Community Award.
'It's a small architectural company that has become an anchor in East Tosa,' Estness said. 'It has grown from one employee in 2012 working at a kitchen table to six employees now.'
Estness said the company restored the storefront at 6528 W. North Ave. and turned it into a working studio. Galbraith Carnahan Architects is also the group designing the space for Benji's Deli which will move in next to Camp Bar on North Avenue.
'The commonalty in all three businesses is that their influence extends beyond Wauwatosa, they have an impact in other ways throughout the community,' Estness said.
Estness said the chamber anticipates a crowd of about 175 people at the showcase and social. Fifteen chamber members will also have exhibit space.
Those interested in attending should register by Jan. 26. Tickets are $50 per person and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. The event runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 28. To register or to learn more about the event, visit tosachamber.org.