Wetstone Beer Co. could be open in Clintonville in time for spring.
The brewpub has completed the zoning process to open at 2864 N. High St., the site of the former Clintonville Outfitters store.
Remodeling and other construction at the site will take a few months, developer Evan Fracasso said. He said he anticipates Wetstone being able to occupy the building before summer rolls around.
"We are very excited to have Clintonville and the (city of Columbus') blessing. We love the Outfitters building and are thrilled we get the chance to breathe some new life into it and be part of the community," said Massie Lawson, a beverage industry veteran and part of the Wetstone Beer Co. leadership team.
The lengthy variance process raised questions about parking, walkability and alternative means of transportation throughout the neighborhood.
"It got people talking about parking," said Clintonville Area Commission member David Vottero, who represents District 1, where the property is. "The people in the neighborhood I talked to, some were saying, 'Bring it on,' and others were saying, 'Absolutely not.' "
Ultimately, the CAC approved a series of parking variances for the site, which were upheld by Columbus' board of zoning adjustment in November.
Lawson said Wetstone would offer a range of beer styles, all produced locally at the company's east Columbus production facility. That facility will feature a small tasting room as well as tours.
Lawson said the east-side location will open as soon as licensing is finalized -- "hopefully very soon."
The Clintonville location also will open early to serve coffee, which will be available all day. Lawson said the company is working to secure a local roaster.
She said the brewery would have a nature and outdoors theme, in keeping with the building's prior tenant.