Jackie O’s Aims to Build Two-Story Patio Downtown
Editor’s Note: At the February 23 meeting of the Downtown Commission, the patio received strong support, but the project will have to come back next month with more detailed drawings before it can be approved. Read more about the meeting here.
When Athens-based brewery Jackie O’s took over the former home of Elevator Brewing Company at 171 N. Fourth St. Downtown, they had plans to work on a “larger patio.”
According to plans submitted to the Downtown Commission for review, that larger patio spans thousands of square feet and is spread across two levels with seating capacity for 300 plus.
The double-decker patio will occupy part of the parking lot situated to the north of the building. Designed by Columbus-based Design Collective, the patio will feature nods to the brewery’s home city, while incorporating some unique materials and sustainability efforts.
The street-level patio will feature a number of seating areas, fire pits and a shipping container bar. Culverts will house booth-style seating, creating some more private areas for groups to tuck into.
Covered by the second level, the street-level space will be a patio for more than just sunny days, with respite from the rain and potential to be heated in cooler months.
A ramp to the mezzanine level provides not only a unique design feature, but is good for accessibility too, says General Manager Johnny Clift.
Clift says the second story, nearly 2,400 square feet on its own, will feature some architectural nods to spaces in Athens. Upstairs will be a mix of tables and some soft seating that’s more cabana style. It will also be where sports fans can gather for big game watching, and have its own shipping container bar so a drink is never far.
Jackie O’s worked with a landscape architect that grew up in southeast Ohio for the green space that’s prominently featured in the design. The north side of the patio is covered in a living wall with other green elements planned for the patio levels.
The green elements will be irrigated by a repurposed fermenter on the mezzanine level that will collect rainwater from the roof.
With a smooth approval process, and ability to access the required materials, Clift hopes the patio could open during the second quarter.
Jackie O’s launched curbside pickup from its new Columbus address at the end of 2020. The brewery’s retail space is all built out and just waiting for a healthier environment to welcome customers. The patio space was next on the agenda, along with an interior taproom. On-site brewing is slated to begin late this year.
The brewery will celebrate 15 years next month, and while COVID will change the celebration, it certainly won’t stop it. Jackie O’s is planning a tandem bottle release in Athens and Columbus on March 12.
For more information, visit jackieos.com.