RANKIN, Pa. (KDKA) – A group of people transform a former Catholic church into a wine bar.
Renovations are underway at a site in Rankin.
Jordan Stasinowsky moved from Sacramento to Pittsburgh a few years ago because he had a vision.
“Pittsburgh needs wine, so let’s find a way to fill that need,” Stasinowsky said.
He had a vision to recreate an abandoned church in Rankin into something the community can benefit from. Formerly known as the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the church was built in 1903 and was abandoned about eight years ago.
Three hundred people filled the benches during worship listening to the choir, but soon they will be able to listen to smooth jazz while drinking a glass of pinot noir.
Jordan thought it would be a great idea to recreate the church into a restaurant and wine bar to be called Mary’s Vine. His family loved his idea, got on board and moved across the country to make this dream come true.
“When we started this, it was an opportunity for my husband and I to give our children all that concerns us,” said Cheryl Stasinowsky.
Cheryl Stasinowsky is the CEO and mother of Jordan. His daughter and son-in-law are also co-owners of the future business.
“We are all working on it together. We work on it nights and weekends, hammer nails and frame and design and problem-solve and deal with whatever problems we have, all together as a family, ”said Cheryl Stasinowsky.
The family hopes to open the business in mid-April.
“Everywhere you see here, the exposed brick, it all happened naturally,” Jordan Stasinowsky said.
They plan to continue this way.
“Here we have the upstairs part of our cellar. It will be filled with wine racks, ”said Jordan Stasinowsky.
That’s not all. There are dumbwaiters, tasting spaces built from the bench room and the food that will be associated with it.
Most importantly, the family hope Mary’s Vine will give people that sense of community they had when they went to church here years ago.
“This is what this place has always been. A place where people come together and share and that’s what we want it to be too, ”said Cheryl Stasinowsky.