Fans of Barrel 44 will soon have another location to get their fix of whiskey and small plates. This Short North staple will be opening a second location in the former Bexley Monk space at 2232 East Main Street.
“The new location will carry the same Barrel 44 Whiskey Bar name,” explained co-owner Shawn Korn. “The idea grew as a broker approached us about the Old Bexley Monk space, and after the normal demographic research, we decided that we could not pass up the offer.”
Korn, along with business partner and head chef Matt Nickel have a combined 50 years of experience in the restaurant and bar industry. Nickel is a classically trained chef who graduated from the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach. The duo began their business partnership as owners of Isabella’s Cafe located Downtown before opening Barrel 44 in the Short North three years ago.
The new Barrel 44 location will feature many of the same menu selections with a few new additions.
“We will be adding about 50% more entrees with possibilities including an authentic Sheppard’s pie, some additional prime steaks and some eclectic seafood additions,” Korn said. “We will also be utilizing the magnificent wood fired oven to expand our flat bread menu.”
Additionally, the new venue will continue several of the traditions of the old Bexley’s Monk space with regular live music performances and additional rooms for hosting private events.
The new Barrel 44 has a target opening time-frame of early December.
More information can be found online at www.Barrel44.com.
Photos from Barrel 44.