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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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20 Responses to Scotty’s Brewhouse could be coming to Columbus

  1. ndekke39 June 23, 2008 9:45 am at 9:45 am

    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.

  2. Walker Evans
    Walker June 23, 2008 9:52 am at 9:52 am

    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.

  3. JonMyers June 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am

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

  4. Columbusite June 23, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm

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

  5. MFRONE June 24, 2008 1:50 am at 1:50 am

    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.

  6. shroud
    shroud June 24, 2008 7:34 am at 7:34 am

    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…

  7. luchobucho June 24, 2008 8:40 am at 8:40 am

    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.

  8. hazy stars June 24, 2008 9:49 am at 9:49 am

    Can they even call themselves a brewhouse?

    Brew´house`

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

    I think not.

  9. 3horseshoes June 28, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am

    …this is a draughthouse or alehouse

  10. Walker Evans
    Walker July 16, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am

    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

  11. heresthecasey July 16, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am

    well crap. :roll:

  12. WildmanDan July 16, 2008 1:42 am at 1:42 am

    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.

  13. MFRONE July 16, 2008 2:33 am at 2:33 am

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

  14. Walker Evans
    Walker July 16, 2008 9:01 am at 9:01 am

    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. ;)

  15. MFRONE July 17, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am

    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.

  16. shroud
    shroud July 17, 2008 7:20 pm at 7:20 pm

    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…

  17. Walker Evans
    Walker July 17, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm

    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!

  18. Walker Evans
    Walker March 30, 2009 9:06 am at 9:06 am

    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.

    READ MORE

  19. ErikSternberger
    ErikSternberger March 30, 2009 9:47 am at 9:47 am

    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! :)

  20. Walker Evans
    Walker October 7, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am

    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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