North High Brewing is expected to replace the Brazenhead restaurant in Dublin by this spring.
Brazenhead, which opened in 1999 at 56 N. High St., closed Dec. 28, said owner Mike Tibbetts.
Tibbetts said it wasn’t economically feasible to work out a lease with the new landlord, COhatch.
Franklin County Auditor’s Office records show the property was sold June 13 for $1.4 million.
“It was kind of a unique place and an opportunity not easily replicated,” he said. “Everything in there came from Ireland and was handcrafted to fit the space and installed by Irishmen.”
Tibbetts owns Oscar’s of Dublin, 84 N. High St., and a Brazenhead at 1027 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus near Grandview Heights.
COhatch, which rents co-working, events and office space to businesses and individuals throughout central Ohio, owns the 56 N. High St. property and plans to open a co-working site in a new facility to be built behind the former Brazenhead building.
Matt Davis, co-founder of the Worthington-based business, said the project will be an investment of $3 million to $4 million.
North High Brewing is slated to open in the former Brazenhead building by March or April, Davis said.
The 10,000- to 11,000-square-foot building to be constructed behind it is expected to open later this year or early January 2021, he said.
The new space will feature about 25 private offices, large meeting rooms and a 30-person movie theater, Davis said.
Entertainment is often stepping in as the “heartbeat of towns,” Davis said.
For that reason, he said, COhatch wanted to bring in a high-energy neighbor.
Gavin Meyers, who owns North High Brewing with Tim Ward, said he and Ward had been looking for another spot with more retail presence when COhatch reached out to them.
Meyers said North High Brewing at 1288 N. High St. in Columbus opened seven years ago. He said that site focuses more on customer brewing.
The North High team got to know COhatch, Meyers said, because their products are featured in another COhatch location, the Pub at 1554 Polaris Parkway at Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus.
The Pub combines the typical co-working office and meeting space with a quirky nighttime wild card: a bar with a full liquor license and entertainment space operated by Brothers Drake Meadery, a maker of honey wines in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood.
Meyers said Davis reached out to North High Brewing a few months back to see if the owners would be interested in replacing Brazenhead.
North High Brewing products are in many bars, restaurants and carryout stores in Dublin already, Meyers said, plus, the address was on North High Street.
The new location will feature a restaurant with an outdoor space, as well, he said.
Part of the new facility COhatch will build behind the former Brazenhead will become a small experimental brewery, Meyers said.
North High Brewing’s Cleveland Avenue production facility is a large operation, and the size often stifles innovation, he said.
The experimental brewery would generate smaller batches, giving brewers an opportunity to try new ingredients and yeast strains, Meyers said. One option neing considered is making the smaller brewery dedicated to lagers.
The brewing space will be visible from COhatch’s working space and the patio, Meyers said. People walking on Dublin’s pedestrian bridge spanning the Scioto River would be able to see into the brewery, he said.
Meyers said North High Brewing plans to add 15 to 25 full- and part-time jobs for the new Dublin location.
Dublin City Council in May approved a five-year economic-incentive agreement for the project that would be $700,000 in total and divided evenly among years 2019 through 2023, at $140,000 per year.
The annual payments would be tied to performance and progress “milestones.”
The milestones include:
• Year 1 – Enable acquisition of the 56 N. High St. property and plans for renovating the Brazenhead building.
• Year 2 – Open the Brazenhead building and receive approval for plans for the additional space to the rear of the existing building.
• Year 3 – Add at least 12 private offices with a head count of 20 office tenant employees.
• Year 4 – Annual start-up pitch competition and private office space at least 80% plus occupied on average between years 3-4.
• Year 5 – Invest a total of at least $3 million into the project and generation of at least $70,000 of city income-tax receipts over the five-year agreement.
The final payment will be made payable in quarter one of 2024 after income tax has been verified over the length of the project.
ThisWeek staff writer Gary Seman Jr. contributed to this story.