Construction recently began inside the former Voodoo Denim Lounge at 780 North High Street, which will house the new Pint House Beer Garden this March when it opens to thirsty Short North residents and visitors. Crews are currently gutting the former clothing store and installing new plumbing to accomodate the new bar and restaurant. The roof will soon be removed from the front half of the building to create a 1,000 square foot beer garden area, which was previously planned for the back.
“The beer garden will be a courtyard-type environment with exposed beams overhead and a decor that resembles the shell of a warehouse,” said Pint House co-owner Chris Corso. “A lot of the beer gardens I saw when traveling in Prague were located in warehouse districts in older buildings, so that’s what we’re going for here.”
Corso and his partners Mike Gallicchio and Brian Swanson form The CGS Group, a local nightlife and entertainment company that owns and manages multiple venues including The Long Street District, Park Street Patio, Park Street Cantina and The Social. The Pint House represents a departure from the nightclub scene for the group, as they are targeting a slightly older crowd.
“I think there’s a lot of people who don’t want to go to Park Street at 40 years old because it’s just too crazy,” said Corso. “We’re gravitating more toward creating good food and drinks. This is something for the 30-ish crowd, which I think this area is missing right now.”
The Pint House will feature an upscale bar menu, and a drink menu that focuses on a wide beer selection. A special place will be reserved to promote locally brewed beverages as well.
“I have a ton of respect for anyone opening a small business in Columbus,” said Corso. “Currently we plan to feature a different local product each week.”
A long singular bar will run the length of the building on the southern wall serving customers both inside and out in the beer garden area. A 22-foot interior garage door will divide the two spaces and the beer garden will come equipped with weatherization elements including heaters, fire pits and tent enclosures to keep customers warm during the colder months. Porch fans and decorative lighting will provide an accommodating environment during hot summer nights.
“I’m trying to keep the ambiance of the building intact with the old timbers and rough exposed brick,” explained Corso. “This is the fun part of it for me. I love developing the concept and designing the places. We’ve never hired a design architect, because that’s just what we enjoy doing… being a part of that process.”
Corso says that his sights have been set on expanding to The Short North for some time, and he jumped at the opportunity to bring this new concept to this location.
“This area is really strong right now, right in the dead center between everything going on in the area,” he said. “We’ll be located in between two new parking garages, the new Pizzuti hotel, and several new apartment developments. We really couldn’t pick a better location.”
The Pint House will serve dinner and late night crowds from 3pm onward with possible lunch hours on Saturday and Sunday. The new bar and restaurant is expected to open in March 2013.