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Lavomatic space to become neighborhood tavern

When Lavomatic closed this summer, Thunderdome Restaurant Group quickly signed a lease for the space, which is right next door to Bakersfield. There was lots of speculation surrounding the coming restaurant, and this December, a new concept, Krueger’s Tavern, will open.
 
Many years ago, the space was home to a Laundromat, and opened as Lavomatic in 2008. It was the first restaurant to open in the Gateway District.
 
The building, which is the only open-air restaurant in Over-the-Rhine, is currently undergoing a remodel to fit the tavern concept. The Krueger’s menu will feature sandwiches and tavern food, with more than 75 varieties of canned beer, as well as a full bar.
 
Four types of sausages will be made in-house, and will be served with sides instead of on buns. The sandwiches will include a sloppy joe and a chicken club, made on bread from 16 Bricks.
 
The name for the restaurant comes from Krueger’s Brewing, which was a New Jersey brewery that, in 1935, was the first to sell beer in cans.
 
Thunderdome owns four Bakersfield restaurants with two more to come, several Currito locations, The Eagle Food and Beer Hall and SoHi Grilled Sandwiches in Oxford.
 

Frameshop opens Workshop in Walnut Hills

Frameshop recently moved the back end of its framing business to 700 E. McMillan in Walnut Hills. It’s in the same building as Beck Paint and Hardware, and will allow Frameshop the space to do the woodwork and finishing on pieces.
 
Co-owner Jake Baker says they ran out of space to make frames at the Over-the-Rhine location, and needed a place where they could test out their services and maybe develop new products.
 
“We were looking for new opportunities to work with wood,” Baker says. “Walnut Hills is looking to change the dynamic of the neighborhood, and we’re excited about that.”
 
Workshop will be housed in a 1,100-square-foot space on the first floor of the building, but they’re also testing out the third floor, which is about 2,000 square feet. It will solely be a workshop, and Frameshop will continue to offer retail options, with hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and appointments during the week.
 
Baker says they might take appointments at Workshop, as there are customers who like to see the whole framing process, but that’s still up in the air.
 
Frameshop is expanding in other ways, too. Since opening in 2012, they hired two employees, both graduates of the Art Academy of Cincinnati. They also opened a location in Lexington last September, with the intention of moving to a new space in January. The lease at the new location fell through, so Baker and partner Jake Gerth decided to focus on Cincinnati and the new Workshop.
 
“Being active in Walnut Hills and OTR is going to allow us to get to know a new set of people, and introduce each neighborhood to a new set of people,” Baker says. “We’re ambassadors for business and the neighborhood of OTR, and we want to do that for Walnut Hills too.

Off the Vine brings cold-pressed juices to Cincinnati

A juice bar will soon open in the old 940-square-foot Cincy Haus: American Legacy Tours space on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine. Off the Vine will offer cold-pressed juices made from local and organic ingredients, when possible.
 
Cold-pressed juice is pressed between hydraulic plates in a juicer, which squeezes out every drop of juice and nutrients from the produce, and leaves a dry pulp behind.
 
Off the Vine’s menu will feature about eight different types of juice, ranging from a green juice to a nut milk-based juice. Juices will range in price from $6-$10, and will have three pounds of produce in each serving. Off the Vine will also sell juices for cleanses, which are $55 per day. Each cleanse package comes with five juices and one nut milk, and are meant for meal replacements.
 
Co-owners and OTR residents Annie McKinney and Cydney Rabe, who owns Core a Movement Studio in OTR, both started drinking juices for different reasons. McKinney is interested in how eating health food affects your daily mood and life, so she started drinking cold-pressed juice.
 
“You’re getting raw, living nutrients from cold-pressed juice that you can’t get from eating raw produce,” she says. “Plus, when you feel better, you treat other people better. It’s almost like a pay-it-forward mentality.”
 
When Rabe started doing Pilates, she looked at what she was eating and how she was treating her body, and decided that juicing would be the fastest way to get all of the nutrients she needed in one sitting.
 
Rabe says juicing can be frustrating because you see all of the produce that you’re throwing out. But with cold-pressed juices, you’re not wasting anything.
 
Off the Vine will offer some fruit-based juices for those who are just getting into juicing, as well as green juices and nut milks for more seasoned juice drinkers.
 
When Off the Vine opens in late October, its hours will be Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 

ArtWorks brings interactive bike racks to city

If you’re a bicyclist, you’ve probably seen the 14 artist-designed bike racks, called Art Racks, throughout Greater Cincinnati. ArtWorks is currently working to help install a 15th in front of The Carnegie in Covington.
 
The new Art Rack will be designed by Michael Stillion, and will feature three ghosts. The Carnegie, ArtWorks and power2give have partnered to bring the new Art Rack to the city.
 
The organizations need to raise $7,000 to pay for the materials and the artist. The NLT Foundation will match all donations dollar-for-dollar. Donors will have the chance to select from a variety of benefits, including a Carnegie membership, tickets to The Carnegie’s annual Art of Food event and bike rack naming rights.

There are also three other power2give campaigns open for Art Racks in Columbia Tusculum, at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and at the Lloyd Library and Museum.
 
Since 2012, ArtWorks has partnered with local artists and organizations to bring artist-designed, functional Art Racks to spaces and add to the streetscape of the neighborhoods.
 
Art Racks can be found at:
  • The Coffee Emporium, 110 E. Central Parkway: Tour de Cincy, designed by Pam Kravetz, Carla Lamb and Karen Saunders; sponsored by the NLT Foundation 
  • Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.: designed by Bob Dyehouse; sponsored by Truepoint, Inc. and ArtsWave
  • Duke Energey Convention Center, 525 Elm St.: Humanity Machine Outpost, designed by Edward Casagrande; sponsored by Duke Energy Convention Center
  • YWCA, 898 Walnut St.: designed by Carolyn Watkins; sponsored by Pantene
  • Fifth Third Bank, 38 Fountain Square Plaza: Currents, designed by Claire Darley and Rebecca Seeman; sponsored by goVibrant and Fifth Third Bank
  • Salway Park Trailhead at Mill Creek Trail: Elements, designed by Christopher Daniel; sponsored by ArtsWave and Truepoint, Inc.
  • Studio S, 3456 Michigan Ave.: Circular Logic, designed by Mark Schlacter; sponsored by Studio S
  • 1411 Main St., Ohio?: designed by John Dixon; sponsored by Over-the-Rhine Revitalization Corporation via Urban Sites
  • Hoffner Park, 4104 Hamilton Ave.: Sago Palms, designed by Kate Demske; sponsored by Terry Bazeley and John Castaldi and MoBo Bicycle Co-op
  • Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Parkway: Acanthus Leaves, designed by David Tarbell; sponsored by Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation
  • Over-the-Rhine Kroger, 1420 Vine St., and East Price Hill Kroger, 3609 Warsaw Ave.: Fresh Fruit, designed by Maya Drozdz and Michael Stout of VisuaLingual; sponsored by Kroger
  • Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way: designed by David Rice; sponsored by Jan and Wym Portman
  • SCPA, 108 W. Central Parkway: SCPA Octopus, designed by Christian Schmit and students at SCPA; sponsored by ArtsWave, The Johnson Foundation and power2give donors

Food truck association to host street food festival

The Cincinnati Food Truck Association will host its first event, the CFTA Food Fest, from 4 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Washington Park. The event will feature beer, live music and food from 19 CFTA members.

CFTA members can be found at events all over the city, as can non-CFTA members. But this is the first time for a CFTA-exclusive event. All members were invited to Food Fest, but some won't be there due to prior commitments.
 
“CFTA members have been wanting to do our own festival since the beginning,” says Elizabeth Romero, president of CFTA and co-owner of SugarSnap! “We’re hoping the event will increase the buzz around town and give people a chance to try new and different trucks.”
 
Traditionally, Washington Park has been a great place for food trucks to set up for events like the City Flea and LumenoCity. So it made sense to have the CFTA event there too.
 
“It’s a great place to bring the community together,” Romero says. “It brings great vibes, and it has the room for a large number of trucks.”
 
Food Fest will feature beer served by 3CDC, music spun by D.J. Nate the Great, cornhole and giant Jenga.
 
CFTA members will be serving up everything from pizza and burgers to cupcakes and ice cream. Trucks that will be at the event include: Bistro de Mohr, C’est Cheese, Cuban Pete, East Coast Eatz, Eclectic Comfort Food, Falafel Mobile, Mobile Coldstone, Panino, Pizza Tower, Quite Frankly, Red Sesame, Streetpops, SugarSnap!, Texas Joe, The Chili Hut, Ricco Food Truck, Roll With It Café, Waffo and Wiggy Dip.  
 
CFTA’s goal is to host two events per year, and possibly make Food Fest an annual tradition in Cincinnati. The group also hopes to work with local bands, breweries and nonprofits in the future to give their events a wider scope.

Mural tour to highlight Cincinnati's history and famous painters

Cincinnati’s first annual “Mural Month” kicks off Oct. 1, and to celebrate, ArtWorks is launching its brand-new walking mural tours. The tours, The Spirit of OTR and Cincinnati Masters & More, begin Oct. 4.
 
Both walking tours feature about 10 murals, and last about an hour and a half. An Artworks Apprentice and an ArtWorks volunteer lead the tours, and give tour-goers background information on the mural, its painter, how it was made, and its connection to the community.
 
“Our murals tell stories, and are eye-catching and engaging,” says Ellen Stedefeld, communications and development coordinator for ArtWorks and the curator of the mural tour. “We want to tell the stories of the murals and the story of ArtWorks, as well as the murals’ connection to the city and the community.”
 
The Spirit of OTR tour will being outside of Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway, and will wind its way through Over-the-Rhine, ending at Washington Park. Tour guides will describe how the murals were made, and connect the murals to the history of the neighborhood from the 1800s to the present.
 
Murals included on The Spirit of OTR tour are Mr. Tarbell Tips His Hat, located at 1109 Vine St.; Canal at Vine Street circa 1900, located at 101 W. Central Parkway; Cincinnati Strongman Henry Holtgrewe, located at 1215 Vine St.; and The Vision of Samuel Hannaford, located at 1308 Race St.
 
Cincinnati Masters & More also begins at Coffee Emporium and ends at Fountain Square. It celebrates Cincinnati’s artistic legacy by highlighting some of the city’s most famous artists, including Charley Harper, John Ruthven and Tom Wesselmann. Murals included in the Cincinnati Masters & More tour are Fresh Harvest, located at 1014 Vine St.; Homecoming (Blue Birds), located at 119 E. Court St.; and Still Life #60, located at 811 Main St.
 
Tours will take place every Saturday in October and November, ending around Nov. 22 for the winter. Tickets are $20 per person (children under 12 are free) and are available on Artworks’ website. Tours are capped at 20 people, but larger groups can book private tours in advance.
 

The Sidewalk Project to bring awareness to sidewalk use, problems

Advertising agency PB&J and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful have teamed up to help improve one of Cincinnati’s most important asset: its sidewalks. The Sidewalk Project aims to keep the sidewalks cleared in the winter, as well as use them for community events.
 
Last year, PB&J CEO Micah Paldino was walking from his home to work, a total of two blocks, and he noticed that because the sidewalks weren’t properly cleared, pedestrians were actually walking in the street.
 
“It was a little bit backward to me,” he says. “Our city is becoming more pedestrian-friendly, but we can’t even walk on the sidewalk in the winter.”
 
Paldino says that the city is a brand, which aims to give people positive experiences 365 days a year. Winter needs to be addressed, not ignored.
 
According to an old city law, businesses need to clear their sidewalk within four hours of accumulation. But the law has many loopholes, and no one is quite sure how to interpret it. PB&J is working with law firm Graydon Head & Ritchey to figure out how to create positive conversations within the community about the law.
 
“The sidewalks aren’t being cleared because people have this perception that they will get sued if someone gets hurt,” Paldino says. “Changing the law isn’t feasible, but we want to work with the city and the community to stay within the law and make walking easier.”
 
The details are still being worked out, but PB&J hopes to have crews out clearing the sidewalks of ice and snow buildup. The plan is to launch The Sidewalk Project this winter in Over-the-Rhine, and if all goes accordingly, expand to other areas of the city.
 
In the spring, The Sidewalk Project will roll out a park-let initiative, which is a semi-temporary patio that is set up in front of a business. It takes up the metered parking spots on the street, but still allows traffic to pass. A railing is set up, benches erected, and flowerpots or other decorations are added to give new dimension to a space.
 
There are also plans to do public awareness initiatives like street cleaning, sidewalk washing, crime awareness, gum pickup, cigarette butt pickup and trash pickup on the weekends—in OTR and downtown, trash pickup isn’t available on the weekends.
 
“The opportunities are endless,” Paldino says. “Any action that happens on the sidewalk can help facilitate conversation and enact positive change.”
 
Because this winter is supposed to be worse than last year, PB&J hopes to raise $25,000 to get The Sidewalk Project going. To donate, visit Keep Cincinnati Beautiful's website.

Sea Cuisine Taco Tour lands in Cincinnati

This summer, Sea Cuisine took its Taco Tour to five cities across the country, and its last stop is in Cincinnati. The tour kicked off in June in Milwaukee, then headed to Minneapolis, Denver and Nashville, and it has its last day in Cincinnati on Sept. 27.
 
In each city, Sea Cuisine enlists a local chef to help create taco recipes to serve on the truck. In Milwaukee, Sea Cuisine sought the talents of owner and executive chef of Il Mito, Chef Michael Feker; in Minneapolis, chef de cuisine of Sea Change, Chef Jamie Malone; in Denver, chef and founder of Blackberry Catering, Chef Hosea Rosenberg; and in Nashville, executive chef of Urban Grub, Edgar Pendley.
 
Chef Kyle Johnson, formerly of Local 127, created two tacos that are exclusive to Cincinnati for the truck’s three-week Queen City visit.
 
“As a chef, I know how to use products like fresh fish, and it’s great to be able to suggest something that is a substitute for a harder-to-use item,” Johnson says. “I want to be able to give novice cooks the interest to cook at home, and give them the knowledge to do so.”
 
Johnson’s Chipotle Adobo Tortilla Crusted Tilapia Tacos bring a Mexican flair to Sea Cuisine’s Tortilla Crusted Tilapia, and is easy for the at-home cook to make. The fish is topped with tomato, chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, avocado, cilantro and lime juice.
 
“When I go home, I need to eat too, and I would definitely make something like what they’re serving on the truck,” Johnson says.
 
The Taco Tour will be in Cincinnati until Sept. 27, and will be at Midpoint Music Festival on Sept. 25 and 27, and Fountain Square on Sept. 26. If you visit the truck, use #UpgradeYourTaco on Twitter, and follow Sea Cuisine on Instagram at seacuisinemeals#.

Sea Cuisine products are available at your local Kroger.
 

Simple Space to offer pop-up and event space in OTR

Over-the-Rhine residents Levi and Heather Bethune are opening a pop-up and event space on the first-floor of their home. Simple Space, located at 16 E. 13th St., will be available for everything from a pop-up store to a party space.
 
“Simple Space will be kind of like an extension of our living room,” Bethune says. “One of the reasons my wife and I decided to move our family into an urban environment is so we can influence, affect and contribute to the heart of the city. We believe that we can have an impact through Simple Space, but also through our home. Every tenant that rents out the space will be considered a guest in our home, and hopefully a friend in our city.”
 
The 600-square-foot space is an empty shell, and will be undergoing renovations soon. The Bethunes hope to have their first tenants in before Christmas, and will open the building to reservations in March.
 
Over the last two years, Bethune has met many vendors and creators at events like the City Flea and Second Sunday on Main. He’s talked to several people who are interested in using the space, including Julie Otten from Shoppe Class, who could use Simple Space for craft speciality lessons; Nick Elbi from Zip Zoo Apparrel, who might do a T-shirt pop-up shop; and Blake Smith from the local start-up Cladwell, who has talked about using Simple Space for a custom fitting and personalized men’s shopping experience.
 
“Simple Space is a container, an empty box,” Bethune says. “It’s not about what I want to happen in there, it’s about what you want to happen in there.”
 
Simple Space is currently looking for investors to help with renovations and signage. You can donate to the Indiegogo campaign here.  
 

OTR's Cutthort Lofts designed to feel like home in an urban area

The Cutthort Lofts, located at 226 E. Clifton Ave. in Over-the-Rhine, are home to three one-bedroom townhouses. Work began on the development in December 2012, and the lofts are now available for pre-lease.
 
When Ben Gulley, owner of Ben Gulley Design, the designer and developer of The Cutthort Lofts, purchased the building, “cutthort” had been spray painted over the entryway door. He decided to name the project after a fictional character, Charles Cutthort, which he made up to contribute to the building’s history.  
 
The townhouses are priced at $1.40 per square foot, and range from 700 to 1,000 square feet.
 
“This is my third development in the OTR area,” Gulley says. “We purchased it as a shell, which made it an open palette for layout.”
 
Each space was designed to have flow and an open, spacious feel. The lofts feature reclaimed timber from the building, custom welded stair railings, carrara marble and natural stone baths, walk-in showers, real oak hardwood floors, butcher block countertops and exposed joists.
 
“The inspiration behind the project was to design spaces that I would love to call home and give others the same experience,” Gulley says. “The details make for a place you want to come home to.”
 
Gulley has lived in OTR since 1994, and loves the beautiful architecture and urban feel of the neighborhood. He is currently looking for his next project, and if it’s not in OTR, it will be in one of the nearby areas.
 

Design event to help homeowners with renovation ideas

Home renovators, there’s a new event designed just for you. On Nov. 1 and 2, the grand ballroom of Music Hall will host DesignBuildCincy, a trade show for homeowners and professionals who are planning a construction or design project.
 
The event will feature more than 125 architects, designers and remodelers, and will be the place to find local and regional handmade architectural fixtures and furniture.
 
Doug Hart, consultant and former owner of Hart Productions, wanted to create an event that featured custom made and luxury items, as well as artists, craftsmen and contractors who normally don’t do large trade shows.
 
“I felt it was necessary to do a show of this type at a unique venue in Over-the-Rhine to distinguish DesignBuild from other trade shows,” Hart says.
 
Many of the companies that will be at DesignBuild wanted to do the show because of its location. Hart hopes people will take advantage of the location and enjoy the beautiful architecture, as well as visit the shops and restaurants in the city’s urban core.
 
“My goal is to satisfy people who are looking for a large variety of unique vendors, while providing an immersive, urban experience that is typically not ‘built in’ on the front end of traditional home shows,” Hart says.
 
DesignBuildCincy will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be three presentations each day, showcasing recent residential projects and a Q&A. On Saturday, Chris Kepes of Kepes Architecture will speak at 11 a.m., Kenneth Workman of RWA Architects at 1 p.m. and Rod Sidley of Rod Sidley Architects at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Sanyog Rathoud of OTR Foundation will speak at 11 a.m., Rick Koehler and Andy Schaub of Architects Plus at 1 p.m., and Don Beck of Beck Architecture at 3 p.m.
 
Admission for DesignBuild is $10, and kids under 13 are free.
 

New development planned near Findlay Market

Model Group recently purchased 10 properties near and adjacent to Findlay Market for more than $1.5 million. The developer, who historically doesn’t purchase buildings, believes in the potential of the area.
 
“It may take a few years, but as a company, we wholly believe in the Findlay Market district as something that can’t be re-created anywhere else,” says Bobby Maly, chief operating officer for Model Group.
 
The first phase of the Race Street project will be a $14 million development. It will include 55,000 square feet of commercial space for retail and offices, as well as 15 apartments.
 
“As we have done with many of our Over-the-Rhine properties, including those on Vine Street and Broadway Square in Pendleton, we believe in restoring first-floor retail space so it brings back life to the street,” Maly says.
 
The retail spaces will complement the vendors in Findlay Market, and will be within walking distance to all neighborhood amenities.
 
“Our company’s mission is to positively transform communities, and we hope we can be part of the revitalization of the Findlay Market district and the northern half of OTR,” Maly says.

Traditional German clothing store opens in Christian Moerlein Brewery

The official supplier of lederhosen for Munich Oktoberfest, Wiesnkoenig, opened its first store in the United States on Aug. 20. The store is located in a 535-square-foot space inside Christian Moerlein Brewery in Over-the-Rhine.
 
Founded in 2007, Wiesnkoenig has five stores in Germany, and sells its clothing in department stores there and in Switzerland and Austria.
 
“It seemed right for Cincinnati as the sister city of Munich to have a Wiesnkoenig,” says Oliver Pfund, consultant for Wiesnkoenig. “With its over 100-year-old beer brewing history and great German heritage, it made sense to have a store where people can buy original German clothing that transports it to the next level and turns it into a lifestyle product.”
 
Wiesnkoenig offers traditional German clothing like lederhosen and dirndl, but lifestyle-oriented pieces like T-shirts, shirts, cardigans and vests are also available.
 
“We hope to combine tradition with everyday fashion to show people in the U.S. that traditional German clothing is fun to wear,” Pfund says. “You can do all kinds of crazy combinations like wearing lederhosen with Chuck Taylors and a stars and stripes tee.”
 
Wiesnkoenig is open Wednesday-Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
 

Tri*Metro campaign providing entertainment buses Sept. 13

This fall, Metro is launching the tri*Metro campaign, which will encourage young professionals to incorporate Metro into their lives. The three-pronged campaign focuses on learning about Metro, experiencing Metro and challenging riders to go car-free during the month of October.
 
Cincy YP and Give Back Cincinnati wanted to form a partnership with Metro to better educate others about riding the bus. They didn’t want to go to more meetings, but instead created a video about riding Metro, which shows riders how 20- and 30-somethings use the bus.
 
As part of the campaign, Metro is providing three entertainment buses for riders on Sept. 13. The bus will circulate to hotspots in Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, Oakley, O'Bryonville and Over-the-Rhine. The bus will run from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and will stop at designated bars and restaurants.
 
“Riders can get on and off the bus all night long, and will give everyone the opportunity to experiment with the buses,” says Kim Lahman, ridership development manager for Metro.
 
A specific route will be drawn up for the night that will circle the neighborhoods involved in the event, and there will be a bus schedule specifically designed to fit the route.
 
Volunteers from Cincy YP will be at each of the designated bus stops to help riders figure out where they’re going and how long they will have to stand and wait. Riders will also receive special discounts at participating bars and restaurants.
 
Venues include Cock & Bull Public House and Unwind Wine Bar in Hyde Park; Mt. Lookout Tavern and Millions Cafe in Mt. Lookout; Animations and The Oak Tavern in Oakley; O’Bryon's Bar & Grill and Uncorked in O’Bryonville; and The Drinkery and MOTR in OTR.
 
“It will be great for ridership, as well as for economic development because we’re supporting businesses along the way, and helping get people familiar with the Metro system,” Lahman says.
 
If you’re interested in riding Metro’s entertainment buses on Sept. 13, tickets are $5. For more information, visit Metro’s website.

Neighborhood bar and bottle shop serving this September in OTR

Garth Lieb, Jeremy Moore and Tom Stephen are no strangers to the Over-the-Rhine bar scene. Not only do they frequent them, but they’ve worked at a handful as well. And this September, the trio will be opening a bar of their own, Liberty’s Bar & Bottle.
 
The 1,000-square-foot space, which was formerly a condo, will feature 20 rotating taps, wine by the glass, and beer and a selection of wine to-go. Liberty’s will focus more on European craft beer and wine than local offerings, but you can be sure there will be a few of those as well.
 
“The American craft beer movement has pushed everyone around the world to experiment with different types of hops, fruits and barreling processes,” Stephen says. “It’s really pushed Europe to keep up and play around with the fun stuff.”
 
The bar’s wine program will be made up of Old World wines, but there will be a few from California and Oregon as well. There will also be a small liquor selection with a very small list of well-picked bourbons and scotches, and a vodka, gin and tequila option.
 
Meat and cheese plates will be available as well for light bites, featuring goods from local purveyors.
 
Liberty’s copper topped, walnut bar is original to the building. Eighteen bar stools, a few drink rails and a beer hall-style table will round out the seating. Eight French doors open onto the sidewalk, which Stephen says will make it feel like you’re outside.
 
When Liberty’s opens, there will be a few special beers that lots of people probably haven’t had on draft in Ohio. After unveiling the taps, Stephen says they’ll unveil a 20-foot tall mural painted by local artist Alex Scherra.
 
“We want Liberty’s to be a neighborhood bar, and with that, we want to feature local art,” Stephen says.
 
Scherra will also be creating pieces of art for the bar’s chalkboards that were salvaged from a 1902 schoolhouse in Connecticut. The artwork will change over time, and will feature hops and wine regions from around the world.
 
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