If you’ll recall from last October, the Toledo-based Bar 145 has been scoping out the Columbus market for expansion of their burger bar gastropub concept. After a few months of searching, they’ve found what they’re looking for at 955 West 5th Avenue in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood.
“The Grandview location appealed to us because it offers the demographics that are conducive with our target market,” says Jeremy Fitzgerald, owner-operator of Bar 145. “The area offers a large population of young professionals who may be looking for a place to go for live entertainment and great food close to home.”
The Bar 145 concept merges gourmet bar food with high energy night life. A second Bar 145 location opened last month in Kent, Ohio and more are planned for the Cleveland and Ann Arbor markets.
The Columbus location is tentatively expected to open in July or August with construction planned to start in April. Fitzgerald speaks highly of the Columbus market and has high expectations for future growth of the surrounding neighborhoods where the restaurant will be located.
“Columbus is putting itself on the map as a destination for tourists which makes the area very attractive to a growing gastropub franchise,” says Fitzgerald. “There is a buzz around the entire state surrounding the expansions and growth of the Downtown and Grandview areas.”
More information can be found online at www.bar145toledo.com.