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Scotty’s Brewhouse could be coming to Columbus

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According to this article posted on indystar.com, a slowly growing brewhouse chain could soon be coming to Columbus. And if their new location in Indianapolis is any indicator of location, it could be coming more specifically to Downtown Columbus.

From the article: “Restaurateur Scott Wise doesn’t think of himself as a chain restaurant operator, but when Scotty’s Brewhouse opens its doors at 1 Virginia Ave. in Downtown’s Jefferson Plaza by January, it will be his fifth restaurant. Wise wants his family-friendly eateries to maintain a Mom & Pop/neighborhood atmosphere that defies the chain restaurant, cookie cutter stereotype.

“My challenge as we grow is to try to keep an independent feel,” Wise said. That’s partly why he has rebuffed, for the time being, overtures to open restaurants in other cities. Growth for the sake of growth just isn’t in his business plan, though he is planning to look at opening outlets in Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, and Charlotte, N.C.

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  • ndekke39

    This could be cool – I hope they aim for a place downtown. I’d love to see more Columbus brewing downtown. Although I’m always a little skeptical of beer restaurant chains, even though this is a smaller one and he says he’s aiming for a smaller, mom-and-pop feel.

  • Walker

    Could be a nice anchor for them to open in the Brewery District here.

    Sounds like the new one in downtown Indy is pretty big (seats 300 inside and 200 outside) but I’m not sure how big they’re looking to do in Columbus.

  • JonMyers

    Looks cool based on their website. They need to ditch the sound/ music from their website.

  • Columbusite

    If they’re near Gay that would be great, though I wouldn’t mind having a reason to go to Main after 5:00.

  • MFRONE

    Is this really a Brewhouse? The menus on the site just seem to show that they only serve domestics and imports you can get at any other restaurant/bar.

  • shroud

    MFRONE wrote Is this really a Brewhouse? The menus on the site just seem to show that they only serve domestics and imports you can get at any other restaurant/bar.

    From their website:

    Good Brew

    My original dream was to brew my own beer. And, I never give up on a dream. At the time, the 22 year old that opened this restaurant could barely afford to buy a broom, much less a bunch of brewery equipment. So, I did the next best thing, carried as much beer as I could!

    Thirty draught beers, 34 different bottled beers and 15 varieties of wine… now, this varies, sometimes more and sometimes less; but, you’ll always be satisfied with your selection. If you are not, all you have to do is ask. We love suggestions of beers you would like to see us carry. Email the bar manager from our contact page of the location you are visiting with suggestions.

    And, look for us to start brewing our own in 2008…

  • luchobucho

    shroud wrote
    MFRONE wrote Is this really a Brewhouse? The menus on the site just seem to show that they only serve domestics and imports you can get at any other restaurant/bar.

    From their website:

    Good Brew

    My original dream was to brew my own beer. And, I never give up on a dream. At the time, the 22 year old that opened this restaurant could barely afford to buy a broom, much less a bunch of brewery equipment. So, I did the next best thing, carried as much beer as I could!

    Thirty draught beers, 34 different bottled beers and 15 varieties of wine… now, this varies, sometimes more and sometimes less; but, you’ll always be satisfied with your selection. If you are not, all you have to do is ask. We love suggestions of beers you would like to see us carry. Email the bar manager from our contact page of the location you are visiting with suggestions.

    And, look for us to start brewing our own in 2008…

    so, then the answer is: Not Yet?

    I would be skeptical of a place that just decides to start brewing. Mass producing beer for public consumption requires a fair amount of expertise unlike small batch home brewing. Process scale-up isn’t always just a matter of getting a bigger brew kettle and more feed-stock.

    I wish the guy luck.

  • hazy stars

    Can they even call themselves a brewhouse?

    Brew´house`

    n. 1. A house or building appropriated to brewing; a brewery.

    I think not.

  • 3horseshoes

    …this is a draughthouse or alehouse

  • Walker

    The Dispatch wrote Beam me up

    Rumors abound that Scotty’s Brewhouse, a small chain of restaurants in Indiana that recently dipped into the Indianapolis market a second time, might leap into central Ohio.

    The rumors began when the young owner, Scott Wise, was quoted on the Indystar.com Web site saying that he was considering expanding to Columbus, Chicago and Charlotte, N.C.

    And are the rumors true? The answer is yes, Wise said, but not very soon.

    “We’re probably at least a year away,” Wise said, adding that he has made preliminary inquiries about property in the Polaris area.

    READ MORE

  • heresthecasey

    well crap. :roll:

  • WildmanDan

    Well its hard to beat Barley’s, Columbus Brewing, Elevator is started bottling their beer and Mulholland with Vince Falcone’s(rip Monster Truck Five) old expertise at the previous mentioned breweries plus Hoster makes it a crowded field to enter.

  • MFRONE

    Polaris already has BJ’s, not sure this would be the best place to start in Columbus.

  • Walker

    WildmanDan wrote and Mulholland with Vince Falcone’s(rip Monster Truck Five) old expertise at the previous mentioned breweries

    Mulholland closed.

    heresthecasey wrote well crap. :roll:

    MFRONE wrote Polaris already has BJ’s, not sure this would be the best place to start in Columbus.

    Anyone know how to get in touch with this guy? Everyone should be emailing him with suggestions to look into other parts of town. ;)

  • MFRONE

    Honestly though, if you are going to start your own Brewhouse, don’t you think you might want to try and stay clear of immediate competition?

    Easton would probably be a much better location, plus if they aren’t coming to Columbus for at least another year their might not be any space in the main Polaris area.

  • shroud

    MFRONE wrote Easton would probably be a much better location, plus if they aren’t coming to Columbus for at least another year their might not be any space in the main Polaris area.

    There will be plenty of space around Polaris proper for awhile, both new space and turnover space.

    Still, I don’t really think competition from other brewery-type places is really going to be all that tight – they’re not even brewing their own stuff at the moment, so that’s pretty much just another bar/restaurant…

  • Walker

    MFRONE wrote if they aren’t coming to Columbus for at least another year their might not be any space in the main Polaris area.

    Sorry, but this really made me laugh. No more space at Polaris? ;)

    Onward and outward!

  • http://www.columbusunderground.com Walker

    Scotty’s Brewhouse founder knows the little things are a big deal
    Posted: March 30, 2009

    In Central Indiana, Scotty’s has achieved brand recognition. Wise points out that many Indiana University, Purdue University and Ball State grads now live in Indy and remember Scotty’s from their college days.

    Scotty’s is looking to expand beyond its familiar Central Indiana base, with possible sites including the Chicago area and Columbus, Ohio.

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  • ErikSternberger

    Well, being a Purdue graduate, and my wife graduating from Ball State I will say we both hope that Scotty’s comes here. She loves the place, and if she loves it that means I do as well! :)

  • http://www.columbusunderground.com Walker

    Update from THIS article:

    Wise hopes eventually to expand his chain to between 15 and 20 restaurants. He is looking to expand in South Bend, Chicago and Columbus, Ohio. However, because of the downturn in the economy, these plans have been placed on hold.

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