Once upon a time, Columbus was home to a Piggly Wiggly grocery store on the city’s south side in the area now known as Merion Village. The grocery store is long gone, but the Red Brick Inn has continued to serve residents from the same location. Red Brick is a quiet neighborhood bar that has a charm not unlike its German Village neighbors, including The Hey Hey or The Beck Tavern.
But changes are in store at Red Brick over the next few months as new owner George Stefanidis (who also owns the nearby Easy Street Cafe) is working on breathing new life into the space.
“We have only done superficial work to date — cleaning, painting, and removing some of the decorations,” says Brian York, District Manager of Easy Street and The Red Brick Inn. “We have also installed new TVs and have updated the liquor, beer and wine offerings.”
York says that the first stage of new construction should start within the next two weeks. The bar will be rebuilt with 30 to 40 new tap handles, as well as new seating and booths. Once that phase is complete around the first of the year, a kitchen will begin construction which is planned to be operational by March.
“We will have a full kitchen carrying New York style pizza by the slice as well as wings and coney dogs,” says York. “We have not completed our menu but it will be our own take on good tavern food with some of our own signature items.”
One thing that won’t be changing is the name of the restaurant.
“We would like to revive and polish an already great tradition, so it is important to us to keep the essence of the Red Brick Inn,” said York. “Merion Village is a great place to live, so we hope to compliment an already great area of town.”
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