The biggest story of 2016 in German Village was beer.

The biggest story of 2016 in German Village was beer.

Two major tavern proposals, one involving a newcomer and the other regarding a community icon, were rejected.

Lancaster-based Rockmill Brewery proposed a brewpub with a large bier-garten patio at Juergens German Bakery and Restaurant, 525 S. Fourth St.

Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant, 240 E. Kossuth St., wanted to add a rooftop patio and a few more seats inside.

Here are the rest of the Top Five stories of the year:


Nancy Kotting will replace Sarah Marsom as the German Village Society's historic-preservation advocate. Kotting has more than 20 years of planning and preservation experience. She will start her new job Jan. 3.

Marsom resigned her post after accepting a job with Designing Local.

Kristen Schweitzer was selected as the second executive director of Village Connections, an aging-in-place program. She started her job in April. Schweitzer replaced Katie White, who left for a job with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Development news

The owners of Fox in the Snow Cafe, a restaurant in Italian Village, announced they would open another cafe in a new mixed-use development at the corner of Thurman Avenue and Jaeger Street. Native Cold Pressed is also looking to locate there, but is currently seeking sign approval through the German Village Commission.


After more than 30 years of serving up pastrami and corned-beef sandwiches, Diane Warren sold Katzinger's Delicatessen to City Brands, the restaurant branch of local developer Metropolitan Partners. The new owners said they had no intention of changing the deli and, at last glance, they had not.


The city of Columbus, responding to repeated calls from the community, repaired portions of five brick streets and alleys this year.

The city used urban-infrastructure-recovery funds to pay for the work. Other roadways are slated for repair in 2019.