The transition is complete: The vacant Max & Erma's site in German Village is now populated by a co-working space, food purveyor and bar.
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The transition is complete: The vacant Max & Erma’s site in German Village is now populated by a co-working space, food purveyor and bar.
Kollektiv, Pierogi Mountain and Wunderbar – three entities under one roof – officially will debut Friday, March 15, at 739 S. Third St., according to Katy Murray, co-founder of Kollektiv, which offers individual desks and office space in the historical building.
After a few stutter starts, attributed to permit and construction delays, the completely refurbished building is ready for the spotlight, Murray said.
“It’s exciting to know it’s always been part of the community in some way,” Murray said of the building. “I’m excited to bring that back.”
Kollektiv, which has begun leasing to a small number of clients thus far, will offer temporary work stations called “hot desks,” starting at $150 a month, dedicated desks starting at $350 a month and private offices starting at $800 a month.
The second and third floors of the building, which is at the southwest corner of South Third and East Frankfort streets, are dedicated exclusively for Kollektiv clients, who have 24-7 access to the offices from a separate entrance, she said.
The structure was built in 1889 and first housed a grocery store and apartments, Murray said. Some original wooden floors and brick that were left exposed during construction remain.
“We wanted to preserve the integrity (of the building) and not just start knocking down walls,” she said.
The first floor is the hotbed of activity, serving as office space from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with Pierogi Mountain and Wunderbar open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays, noon to 1 a.m. Saturdays and noon to midnight Sundays.
The renovation unearthed some interesting items, such as a picture of the Schiller statue dedication in 1890. The picture was found buried between the plaster and original brick walls, Murray said.
Much of the Max & Erma’s memorabilia – the colorful lampshades, for example – remains on display, she said.
One new feature is a restroom that was installed on the main level. The others still are in the basement.
Pierogi Mountain, whose original location is in the University District, is dishing up classic eastern European fare, such as house-made sausages, chicken paprikash and mushroom stroganoff, with many of the dishes being vegetarian and vegan, co-owner Matt Majesky said.
The pierogis offered daily will change periodically, with potato and cheddar being a constant, Majesky said. Individual items are priced at $7 or less.
“We’re not going to do burgers,” Majesky said. “You can go somewhere else and get a good burger in town, but that’s not what we do.”
Wunderbar, a fresh concept to central Ohio, offers seven beer handles, five wines on tap and several signature cocktails developed by bartender Greg Burnett.
General manager Jason Saad said he would switch up the offerings based on customer input.
“We just wanted to make a smart cocktail list,” Saad said.