Basil owners prepare to open new downtown Wausau restaurant

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By:  Laura Schulte with Wausau Daily Herald

The owners of a Weston fine dining spot are bringing their craft to downtown Wausau. 

Tee and Jim Daly, who own Basil in Weston, will take over the former Crostini Bar location, making it into a wine bar and restaurant called Daly's. 

The change in ownership comes after Crostini Bar closed abruptly in late August, after less than three months in business. Compass Properties, the owner of the building where the business is located at 307 Third St., then took control of the space and sought new tenants. 

The Dalys opened Basil, located at 2106 Schofield Ave., in January 2010, bringing a new fusion of flavors to Weston. The restaurant boasts everything from Irish food to Thai tastes on their menu. It was then a new venture for an entrepreneurial couple. In 2014, Tee Daly won the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's ATHENA Leadership Award for her work as the first southeast Asian-American realtor in the region.

Mark Craig, the manager of Compass Properties, said there were several applicants for the space, but ultimately Daly's was the best fit. The Dalys were also able to take over the spot quickly, signing on to the lease about three weeks after Crostini Bar closed. 

The new downtown spot will be open and serving wine and cocktails as soon as Oct. 1, pending the approval of the transfer of a liquor license, with the restaurant opening as soon as a full-service kitchen is installed, Jim Daly said on Monday evening during a Public Health and Safety committee meeting in Wausau. Eventually, Daly said, the restaurant will have live entertainment and outdoor bistro seating as well. 

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