New owner has big plans for Red Brick Inn
The Red Brick Inn is undergoing a major transformation that will change the name and improve the look, menu and beer selection.
George Stefanidis, who owns Easy Street Cafe in German Village, recently purchased the tavern from long-time friend William "Dell" Pipas.
"I told him, 'If you ever decide to sell it, let me know,' " Stefanidis said.
That happened a little more than two months ago, when Pipas decided to retire.
"I love the spot," said Stefanidis, referring to the iconic space at 292 E. Gates St.
"It reminds me of the neighborhood in Boston where I grew up. My early years. I love the neighborhood feel of it."
The conversion should be complete by the end of January. The new name will be the Red Brick Inn Tap & Grill.
"I really want a nice, cool tavern with some really cool food," Stefanidis said.
He has temporarily closed the kitchen because he intends to expand it. However, Easy Street will deliver food orders to Stefanidis' place until the food service returns.
He said he is planning a significant interior renovation that will return the rustic look to the bar by exposing the brick and adding a dark wood floor and wooden tabletops.
Stefanidis said he will also change the facade of the building by adding more windows and awnings.
"I'm going to make it look old school," he said.
The place could close for a week or two during the renovation process. Lunch hours will be added the work is done.
The Red Brick could close for a week or two while the renovations are completed, Stefanidis said.
The menu will offer above-average bar fare with selections such as New York-style pizza, gourmet sliders, Coney dogs, fresh-cut fries and such.
The place, which has a full liquor license, will offer 40 beers on tap, mostly craft brews, plus a wide assortment of bottle options.
Another bonus of the space: A large patio out back, Stefanidis said.
Stefanidis said he wanted Red Brick to be a completely different concept because of its proximity to Easy Street, which is about a quarter of a mile away.
Easy Street, known for its casual Greek and American fare, has been in German Village since 1994. Stefanidis opened a second location two years ago in Powell.
The Red Brick space, once home to a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, has been a bar since the 1940s.
It was originally called the B&G, referring to its location at the northeast corner of Bruck and Gates streets.