Clintonville 'hungry' for shop's beer, wine options
Renaissance of places to eat, drink continues in neighborhood with Growl!, opening in November
Growl! will add the latest dimension to Clintonville's emerging food and wine scene.
Philip Hamilton and Jonathan Kindsvatter, both of whom live in the neighborhood, will open the boutique beer and wine store in the former Hungry Howie's location, 2995 N. High St.
The plan is to open in early November.
"I think Clintonville has been really hungry for interesting wines and beers that were only available in the Short North," Hamilton said.
He said Growl! will offer 40 taps and up to 200 "rare and interesting" beers by the bottle, offered in six-packs and individual bottles. The store initially will have carryout and on-premises beer and wine tastings, with plans to offer glass and pint pours when more-comprehensive liquor licenses are obtained.
Growl! will not have food service but will allow patrons to order small plates from Lavash, the Mediterranean restaurant next door.
The 1,360-square-foot interior, designed by Dan Ambrose, will have a casual vibe, with seating for 14 at a farmhouse table and bar area.
"We wanted to make the beer store more like a wine shop," he said, "and we wanted to borrow from the coffee-shop business model in the sense that we want people to buy things to go, but also try them here."
In fairly short order, Clintonville has seen a number of restaurants and watering holes open, including Savor Growl, the Crest Tavern and the Wine Bistro. In addition, the community will welcome the Coop on Indianola Avenue, while local restaurateur Chris Crader, who owns Harvest Pizzeria, will open a restaurant in the former location of Mozart's, which has relocated to the Beechwold area.
Hamilton said he and Kindsvatter are just trying to meet the demands in the neighborhood.
"We feel like, we live here, it's our community," Hamilton said. "We wanted to develop it from the inside."
He said the plan is to be open six days a week and closed Sunday.
Hamilton stressed that Growl! will not be a bar. Evening hours likely will be limited to 10 p.m.
"It's not an all-night destination," he said, "and certainly our neighbors will thank us for that."